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Rare Photographs Show The Last Samurai Of The 1800s

Forget Tom Cruise – you are about to see the real last samurai of the late 1800s. At this time, photography was just coming to Japan, and the samurai? After holding an elite position of military power for centuries, they were officially in decline. While warlords had once depended on them for their specialized training, the Meiji Restoration of 1868 consolidated the country under the rule of Emperor Meiji, who felt it was time to create a modernized, Western-style army. Slowly, the once-revered warriors lost their position as the nation’s only…

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Was this Massive Sword from the 15th Century used by a Giant Samurai?

The longest nihonto (Japanese blade): This Odachi called “Norimitsu Odachi” is 377 cm long and weighs 14.5 kilograms. It´s a real, “live” shinken. It was forged as one piece. This sword is from the 15th century. Who would have used such a massive sword? What was the size of the samurai who used this sword for battle? Think how awesome it would have been if it was wielded by some huge 8ft samurai with gigantism and legend around a nearby town is that if you slay the giant, you get to keep…

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