Tag Archives: yari

Japan: Sengoku Jidai Weapons: The Yari

The Footman’s Bread and Butter The Japanese yari (槍、やり), or spear, was not originally a dominant weapon of war. My own research into this issue should not be thought of as authoritative, but this post contains my impressions on this … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Japan, video games | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Japan: Ritualized Duels

What’s Wrong With Ritual? In doing a little research on the history of the yari, the Japanese word for “spear,” I came across a mention that battles in early Japan, circa 700 A.D., were highly ritualized affairs with lone warriors … Continue reading

Posted in Japan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment