Why Did Japanese People Stop Performing Seppuku?

Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one's own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out? » 1/09/15 7:08pm 1/09/15 7:08pm

Samurai Dazzles with Soccer Tricks

For this year's World Cup, Japanese noodle company Nissin thought it would be a good idea to send Red Bull athlete Kotaro Tokuda to Brazil. To do soccer tricks. In samurai gear. » 6/10/14 5:00am 6/10/14 5:00am

Japan's Wonderfully Strange Samurai Helmets

In Japanese, they're called "kawari kabuto" (変わり兜), which is often translated as "unusual helmets." They're some of the most interesting head armor you'll ever see. » 4/09/14 5:30am 4/09/14 5:30am

Fashion Model in Trouble After Claiming Samurai Heritage

You ever see Kagemusha? It's that terrific 1980 samurai flick Akira Kurosawa made. The movie centers around Shingen Takeda, an iconic feudal lord in Japanese history, and according to fashion model Anri Takeda, a relative. » 2/27/13 7:00am 2/27/13 7:00am

What is America's Fetish This Week? Japan

It's a country with 120 million people, with a deep and long history, with a complex and beautiful language. Yet, for Americans, Japan often offers something else entirely—a place to project its fears, fantasies, and, yes, even neurosis. » 4/28/11 3:00pm 4/28/11 3:00pm

Capcom Brings the Dead, The Fight, The Stache to PAX

Capcom will be invading the Penny Arcade Expo later this week with a chance for you to go hands-on with eight of their upcoming games. » 9/02/10 1:20pm 9/02/10 1:20pm