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13th century scroll showing samurai on a boat using shields, this was during the Mongol invasion of Japan.

13th century scroll showing samurai on a boat using shields, this was during the Mongol invasion of Japan.

Bunraku is traditional Japanese puppet theater, in which puppets are skillfully manipulated to act out a narrative. This is an image of a bunraku stage; as described, the puppeteers typically stand on the lowered parts of the stage called hombutai or funazoko and hold the puppets so that their feet are over the honte or the ninote. In addition, the yuka is the side stage where the narrator (tayuu) and the shamisen (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) accompanists sit. OLok

Bunraku is traditional Japanese puppet theater, in which puppets are skillfully manipulated to act out a narrative. This is an image of a bunraku stage; as described, the puppeteers typically stand on the lowered parts of the stage called hombutai or funazoko and hold the puppets so that their feet are over the honte or the ninote. In addition, the yuka is the side stage where the narrator (tayuu) and the shamisen (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) accompanists sit. OLok

Samurai bo-hiya (fire arrow), these were fired from hiya taihou (fire arrow cannon) or o-zutsu (large matchlock hand cannon).

Samurai bo-hiya (fire arrow), these were fired from hiya taihou (fire arrow cannon) or o-zutsu (large matchlock hand cannon).

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