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Sakamoto Ryoma: Japan's Favorite Hero

Sakamoto Ryoma: Japan's Favorite Hero

Sakamoto Ryoma, undoubtedly one of Japan’s most influential and revered historical figures, played an essential role in the overthrow of the Edo Period (1603-1868) feudal shogunate, and helped pave the way toward the establishment of the Meiji government. A popular swordsman, politician and businessman, he ...

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Special Exhibition: Sumo and Japanese Swords

Special Exhibition: Sumo and Japanese Swords

As is often depicted in nishiki-e (color woodblock prints), some Edo Period (1603-1868) leading sumo wrestlers, such as the yokozuna (grand champions), were employed by daimyo and allowed to wear swords. Japanese swords also signified a sumo wrestler's status and authority, with some of ...

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