The┬áshamisen┬áis a stringed instrument and one of the traditional musical instruments of Japan. It comprises a wooden body covered with animal or synthetic skin and a long neck on which strings are strung and plucked. The appeal of the┬áshamisen┬álies, more than anything, in its versatility in musical expressions. One could say that as an instrument…

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The fist war hammer first appeared in the 13th century but was made from bronze. This Fisted War Hammer design began popping up around Europe in the 15th century and was not only decorative but was a decisive answer to the heavy plate armor appearing on the battlefield. Regarding Degen Dojo this weapon is named…

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The komus┼Ź also adopted their distinctive woven wicker hat or mask, called a tengai, that looks like an overturned basket with slits for the monks to see out of. Wearing one traditionally symbolized a dismissal of ego or self, though the masks also hid the identity of the wearer Many of the komus┼Ź were ronin, or…

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