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He's also been placed on both sides of the Siege of Osaka (1614-1615), where the Tokugawa eliminated the last lingering threat to their rule. With an understanding of how the population was distributed, Emperor Monmu introduced a law whereby 1 in 3–4 adult males were drafted into the national military.

Following the death of Prince Shōtoku and the victory against the Soga clan, Japan underwent widespread reform. His translations are a testament to his mastery of the language for they flow with lively ease that one might not expect from accounts, many of which are ancient.The innovations of Sōshū swordsmiths in the late Kamakura period allowed them to produce Japanese swords with tougher blades than before, and during the Nanboku-chō period, ōdachi (large/great sword) were at their peak as weapons for the samurai. In 1174 he relocated to Hiraizumi in what was then Mutsu Province, and which now makes up the eastern half of the Tohoku region in northern Japan. William Anderson (1842-1900) a Scottish professor of anatomy and surgeon was a notable collector, scholar and author of several books on Japanese art.

The carvers produced ivories in a range of subjects such as farmers, entertainers, artisans, mythological creatures, heroes, deities, bijin (beauties), animals, vases and incense burners some intricately decorated in the Shibayama technique using minute inlays of tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, abalone, coconut shell, horn, coral, amber and jade. Brazen and reckless, Musashi won his first duel at the age of 12 or 13, accepting an open challenge from a traveling samurai whom he stunned with a sudden attack with a wooden pole, then beat to death on the ground. The Samurai wore two swords, the katana over 24 inches (61cm) long and the shorter wakizashi between 12-24 inches (30-61cm) long.

He was a nonconformist in a highly conformist society, respecting the gods but putting faith in himself, working for lords but not under them, understanding the importance of tradition but being creative and original in his work and lifestyle.

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