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Friday, November 7, 2008

Quiz #1: Wakizashi is...

To answer the quiz #1:
Wakizashi is a type of short sword in traditional Japan. The length would be between 30 - 60 cm. It is carried along with katana (long sword, more than 60 cm). If you see any samurai film, you can see that a samurai or a daimyo (land lord) was having two swords with them. So that was katana and wakizashi.

Now, some of the next facts are actually new to me either...
There are several purpose of wakizashi:
(1) as a spare when the katana is not available/broken/damage in battle or war
(2) used in indoor battle because wakizashi can be carried everywhere.
(3) to perform seppuku
(4) cutting enemy's head in battle/war.

Where to see katana and wakizashi in anime/manga/j-movie/j-dorama:
- Rurouni Kenshin (manga/anime)
- Peacemaker Kurogane (manga/anime) for seppuku procession
- Samurai Deeper Kyou (manga/anime)
- 7 Samurai (J-movie) to see double katana and pairing swords
- Gohatto (J-movie) for cutting enemy/traitor procession

---------- Reference:
Wikipedia
Samurai Sword

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