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The Way of the Sword Requires a Ton of Sacrifice/ZAN movie review

"I want you to think about all the mistakes you've made in your life up to this point," the Samurai tells his bleeding victim. "You have plenty of time for…

Samurai Fashion in New York City Until March 25th 2017

Samurais are usually known for their honor code, ever wonder what their fashion code was ? It turns out, they had just as elaborate a fashion code when it comes…

The 10 Worst Films About Japan*: You Might Only Live Twice But Are These Movies Worth Seeing Once?

Memoirs of a Geisha starring Zhang Ziyi as a ravishing prewar geisha by the name of Sayuri ('white lily'), sinks to basement level lows of pigeon-holing and cultural misunderstanding. As…