A Brief History of Ancient Japanese Weapons

Japanese warriors have been characterized all over history by presenting fighting techniques. Japan’s ancient warriors also plied less glamorous, lesser-known and therefore possibly more interesting weaponry. Other weapons, like rocket launchers, seem more fit for manga ten actual battlefields.

List of five Japanese weapons form the ancient period:



The kanabo is a spiked two-handed war club used in feudal Japan. These weapons were constructed by heavy wood, or entire iron with iron studs on one end. Kanabo came in all sizes and shapes. The shape could be like a baseball bat, with a thick heavy and tapering towards a slender handle with a pommel.



The naginata is a pole weapon and originally used by the samurai class of feudal Japan. And naginata consists of a wooden or metal pole with a curved single-edged blade on the end. The naginata is the iconic weapon of the onna-bugeisha, a type of female warrior. The blade is removable and is secured by of a wooden peg called mekugi that passes through a hole in both the tang and the shaft.



Bo hiya is the Japanese version of the fire arrow. It’s use in ancient Japan by the feudal Japan samurai. In 10th century China, was launch fire arrows and this type of fire arrow was used against the Japanese by Mongolian in 13th century. In 1543 the Japanese military acquired matchlock technology form the Portuguese. By the 16th century, Japanese pirates were reported to have used bo-hiya.



The chigiriki is a Japanese flail weapon. It be composed of a solid or hollow wood, bamboo or iron staff with an iron weight and chain on the end. The chigiriki is a more aggressive variation of the parrying weapon kusarigama.



The tanegashima seems to have been based on snap matchlocks that were produced in Portuguese. The lord of Japanese island, Tanegashima Tokitaka (Born: 1528-Died: 1579), purchased two matchlock muskets form the Portuguese and put a swordsmith to work copying the matchlock barrel and firing mechanism.

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