Gundam

The largest sci-fi franchise in Japan, Gundam could be likened to the Star Wars franchise of America. In fact, Gundam debuted in Japan in 1979, just two years after Star Wars in America. Sales of Gundam merchandise including toys, models, and video games regularly top the charts. Gundam is based on the idea of huge…

Kyūdō

Archery is a millenniums-old skill in Japan, mainly as a hunting and warfare skill, but it is still a fairly popular sport in modern Japan. When the rifle arrived in Japan with the Portuguese in the 1600’s, the decline of the bow and arrow as weapons of war came swiftly. It was Zen Buddhism that saved…