Pop Culture and Japan

Japan’s Deadly Female Ninjas: Walking The Path Of The Kunoichi

The phrase 'female ninja' has only gined popularity in the modern day. Even kunoichi was rarely used during the Edo period.

Ninjas are undoubtedly one of the most well-known tropes in Japanese pop culture. As practitioners of ninjutsu, the warriors who followed this path were referred to as shinobi. But it would be incorrect to assume that the role of black-clad assassin was reserved solely for men.

Women could be moulded into the ultimate expression of death as well and they were known as Kunoichi, a term that’s evolved to mean ‘female ninja’ in the modern day. So, what is the history of these mysterious figures and how did they function within Japanese society? Continue reading “Japan’s Deadly Female Ninjas: Walking The Path Of The Kunoichi”

The Otaku Armoury

The Otaku Armoury: Sekiro’s Shinobi Prosthetic Arm

The Otaku Armoury highlights Japanese weaponry that has been used throughout popular culture. Games like Mortal Kombat and Devil May Cry have incorporated singular weapons such as a katana, whereas games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice have offered multi-purpose tools. The game’s protagonist, Sekiro, wields a prosthetic arm that houses all kinds of traditional Japanese weaponry. Continue reading “The Otaku Armoury: Sekiro’s Shinobi Prosthetic Arm”