The history of medieval Japan (1185-1603 CE) involved the rise of the military and such figures as the shoguns and samurai but there were many other cultural developments in between and during the many wars that troubled the country. In this collection of resources, we examine the principal periods into which medieval Japan is traditionally divided and look at the leaps forward made in agriculture, trade, art and architecture. The samurai might have monopolised the modern world's imagination of Japan in the Middle Ages but other lasting cultural contributions include the spread of Zen Buddhism, the performance of Noh theatre, and the lasting legacies of traditional minimalist ink painting and the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
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Berserk (Japanese: ベルセルク, Hepburn: Beruseruku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone swordsman, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the \"Band of the Hawk\". Miura premiered a prototype of Berserk in 1988. The series began the following year in the Hakusensha's now-defunct magazine Monthly Animal House, which was replaced in 1992 by the semimonthly magazine Young Animal, where Berserk has continued its publication. Following Miura's death in May 2021, the final chapter that he wrote and illustrated was published posthumously in September of the same year; the series resumed in June 2022, under supervision of Miura's fellow manga artist and childhood friend Kouji Mori [ja] and Miura's group of assistants and apprentices from Studio Gaga.
Berserk has been widely acclaimed by critics. Reviewing the first volume, Michael Aronson of Manga Life described Berserk as \"a curious mix of medieval barbarism, sorcery and futurist technology, combining ghouls, guns and gore. The result is beautifully rendered badass action with enough bloody violence to keep fans of the genre happy.\" Publishers Weekly wrote: \"Berserk offers a montage of merciless violence and thrilling action sequences in a blend of pure fantasy and graphic horror.\" Grant Goodman of Pop Culture Shock wrote: \"Berserk redefines what is considered a well-written fantasy manga. There are few manga that come anywhere close to creating a complex tale that includes medieval warfare, magic, and horror.\" Reviewing the first two volumes, Greg McElhatton of Read About Comics wrote: \"it's still hard to identify what about Berserk brings across such a fascination. Is it the characters The visual look of the monsters The little hints of a troubled past, like Guts' tattoo that oozes blood All of the above I'm not sure, but I do know that I'm hooked.\" In his review of the third volume, Daniel Briscoe of The Fandom Post called the series \"a tragic story of hatred, violence, and innocence lost,\" adding that Miura \"manages to pack so much emotion, both good and bad, next to so much violence and gore I believe is a testament to his writing and his artwork.\" In his review of the first six volumes, Satyajit Chetri of Rolling Stone wrote: \"By the end of the fifth volume, Berserk has morphed into a touching tale of humanity, friendship and ambition. It is less about the blood spilt and more about the choices made by the characters, the small twists that will ultimately turn friends into nemeses.\" Reviewing the twelfth volume, Eduardo M. Chavez writing for AnimeOnDVD, commented that despite its long-running publication, \"Berserk is as shocking and unique as ever this far into the series. There are few titles out there that can sustain the level of intensity and relevance as this.\" In his review of the twenty-first volume, Scott Cambpell of Active Anime wrote: \"The deep, dark places that this manga travels to both in story and in artistic expression can be as interesting and captivating as they are horrifying,\" adding that the are not many other stories or manga quite like Berserk.
Berserk is regarded as one of the most influential dark fantasy works. Peter Fobian, in an essay of the legacy and impact of Berserk, called it a \"monolith not only for anime and manga, but also fantasy literature, video games, you name it,\" comparing its level of influence to Blade Runner, further adding: \"it's difficult to imagine what the world might look like without it, and the generations of creators the series inspired.\"
Today, the ancient art of Damascus steel making is a lost art form only practiced by a small number of dedicated artisans who aim to keep the legacy alive. Master blacksmiths from around the world innovate upon these ancient techniques with their own artistic touches and modern technology.
A Damascus steel blade pocket knife that has been carefully crafted over hundreds of hours deserves the utmost attention and care. A legacy masterpiece requires a safeguard for maximum longevity. Damascus steel requires special care for it to retain its original luster and beauty.
This isn't so. Europe's complex history has often resulted in cultural objects, such as medieval and renaissance altarpieces from one original location being divided and distributed through museums in many countries. Bringing the Parthenon sculptures back together into a unified whole is impossible. The complicated history of the Parthenon meant that by 1800 about half of the sculptures had been lost or destroyed.
The British Museum has a long history of collaboration with UNESCO and admires and supports its work. However, the British Museum isn't a government body. The Trustees have a legal and moral responsibility to preserve and maintain all the collections in their care and to make them accessible to world audiences. The Trustees want to strengthen existing good relations with colleagues and institutions in Greece, and to explore collaborative ventures directly between institutions, not on a government-to-government basis. This is why we believe that UNESCO involvement isn't the best way forward. Museums holding Greek works, whether in Greece, the UK or elsewhere in the world, are naturally united in a shared endeavour to show the importance of the legacy of ancient Greece. The British Museum is committed to playing its full part in sharing the value of that legacy for all humanity.
Yemen was a major center of sword production during the pre-Islamic and early Islamic period, and several poets, scholars, and warriors praised the sword blades. Arabic literature also referenced the iron foundries in Damascus during medieval times.
Like several medieval swords, the Arabian swords were fearsome battlefield weapons where several Arab countries produced excellent swords. However, the Ottoman kilij, the Indian talwar, and other Islamic swords displaced these swords. Today, the saif remains a significant part of Arabian history.
In the spring of 2014 a translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was published. Last week, Andy Orchard, one of the leading scholars of Old English, offered his thoughts about the book and revealed that he will be writing his own translation of the famous medieval poem.
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The troops of the Sarafan varied depending upon the time period (or game). In the earlier history of Soul Reaver 2, the Sarafan utilised a mixture of Pikemen, Swordsmen  and fireball-throwing Sorceresses  to cover all ranges; with the pikemen and swordsmen also seen in the Defiance comic[Defiance comic]. The later Sarafan troops of Defiance had a variety of different roles (indicated by different colors) including Crusaders, Templars, Zealots, ranged-attacking Archers and spell-casting Inquisitors (distinct from the earlier commanders) effectively also serving to cover all ranges. The wraith and 'summoned' Sarafan warriors (serving Malek and Moebius respectively) encountered by Kain in Blood Omen more closely resembled Malek and variants were armed with axes, daggers or a katana[Blood Omen].
It looks like Final Fantasy 16 is looking to return to the series' roots with a dark medieval fantasy motif. However, it will not be all moogles and chocobos this time. This might be the grittiest entry in the franchise, which will hopefully turn out for the best.
Classic JRPG gameplay has made a comeback in the last few years, and Square Enix's Octopath Traveler 2 continues that throwback feel. This title is unrelated to the previous game other than its format, and there are eight new characters to follow in Solistia, a world that's a bit more modern than the original's medieval setting.
This lesson would take place after students learned prior information about East Asia, including introductory knowledge of China and its influence on Japan (written characters, Confucianism, and Buddhism) during the Heian period. Students should be able to identify and locate various locations and physical features related to Japan. Students should have already been taught the basic tenets of Shintoism. Students should also be familiar with traditional social hierarchy structures prevalent in the ancient and medieval worlds. 781b155fdc