Went to go watch The Last Samurai lastnight. I loved the costumes and the set design. It must have been such a great project to work on.
I know it’s revisionist history to glamorize a feudal system like that, but we do the same with the medieval and dark ages in Europe. But hey, it’s definitely a Hollywood film.
On the other hand, it does make me yearn for more martial arts training.
Interesting set of training / historical reference videos Discussing fake swords used in movies Iaido Brief discussion of Iaido schools Old article about Shinkendo VERY interesting discussion of “tameshigiri”, or cutting objects with a sword. Under History > Eishin Ryu > Tameshigiri