To answer opaj's upside down sheath question, yes, it is true that in the earllier images of Yori, he's wearing his sword incorrectly, even treating the blade disrespectfully. In the later comics I've made sure he treats his sword as lovingly as a samurai should (aside from the sholw shattering it to pieces thing, which was not hte result of him treating his sword poorly, just the fact that is was a poor sword to begin with). Yori now always wears his sword with the blade facing up. ANYway, to answer the second question, well, actually it was the first question, ok, to answer Danya's question, I know of two great books about fuedal japan. Shogun
, by James Clavell, is a fictional novel about an english sailor who gets marooned in Japan and is swept up in a daimyo power struggle. James Clavell lived and studied a great deal of asian culture and history before writing the book, so you can be assured that it's got plenty of swifty facts along with a highly addictive fiction story to go with it. Another swifty book full of straight out facts about samurai is the book Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
, which covers the history and ways of the samurai from their creation to their end. It's also full of swifty little illustrations.
As website go,
it doesn't get much better than that.
The good and the just were like gold dust in this city. I had no delusions. I was not one of them. - Max Payne
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