The Three Great Spears of Japan are three individual spears that were made and crafted by the greatest historical blacksmiths of Japan:
Yari (槍) is the term for a traditionally-made Japanese blade (nihonto) in the form of a spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. The martial art of wielding the yari is called sōjutsu.
Yamata no Orochi, or simply Orochi (大蛇) is a legendary eight-headed and eight-tailed Japanese dragon/serpent.
Sōjutsu (槍術), meaning "art of the spear", is the Japanese martial art of fighting with a Japanese spear.
Honda Tadakatsu, also called Honda Heihachirō was a Japanese samurai, general of the late Sengoku through early Edo periods, who served Tokugawa Ieyasu. Honda Tadakatsu was one of the Tokugawa Four Heavenly Kings along with Ii Naomasa, Sakakibara Yasumasa and Sakai Tadatsugu.
The Tonbokiri (蜻蛉切) is one of three legendary Japanese spears created by the famed swordsmith Fujiwara Masazane, said to be wielded by the daimyō Honda Tadakatsu, a leading general of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The Yakuza is a 1975 neo-noir yakuza film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura and Brian Keith. The screenplay by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne is from a story by Leonard Schrader. The film is about a retired American detective who returns to Japan after several years away in order to rescue his friend's daughter, kidnapped by gangsters. Following a lackluster initial release, the film has since gained a cult following.
Susumu Ōno was a Tokyo-born linguist, specializing in the early history of the Japanese language. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1943, where he studied under Shinkichi Hashimoto. He was professor emeritus at Gakushuin University.
The Nihongo Daijiten is a color-illustrated Japanese dictionary edited by Tadao Umesao and published by Kodansha in 1989 and 1995.
Shichirō Murayama was a Japanese linguist who started his career lecturing at Juntendo University, and went on to become full professor at Kyoto Sangyo University. One of the world’s foremost authorities on the Altaic languages, he later made important contributions to the mixed-language theory of the origins of Japanese. Denis Sinor regarded him, together with Shirō Hattori, Samuel E. Martin, and Osada Natsuki as one of the four scholars who have done most to throw light on the origins of the Japanese language.
Late Middle Japanese is a stage of the Japanese language following Early Middle Japanese and preceding Early Modern Japanese. It is a period of transition in which the language sheds many of its archaic features and becomes closer to its modern form.
The Japanese Wikipedia is the Japanese-language edition of Wikipedia, a free, open-content encyclopedia. Started on 11 May 2001, the edition attained the 200,000 article mark in April 2006 and the 500,000 article mark in June 2008. As of May 2020, it has over 1,207,000 articles. In April 2016, the project had 4,192 active editors who made at least five edits in that month, ranking fourth behind the English, Spanish and Russian editions.
IBM 5550 is a personal computer series that IBM marketed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China in the 1980s and 1990s, for business use customers. In Japan, it was introduced in 1983 and promoted as "Multistation 5550 (マルチステーション5550)" because it had three roles in one machine: a PC, a word processing machine which was traditionally marketed as a machine different from a PC in Japan, and an IBM-host attached terminal.
NihongoUp was an Adobe AIR desktop Japanese educational game and reviewing tool. The program featured several game modes which allowed the player to improve their kana typing and reading speed, review JLPT kanji and vocabulary, and learn Japanese grammar in context. The game was compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 versions of the game were also available.
Japanese New Zealanders are New Zealand citizens of Japanese ancestry, which may include Japanese immigrants and descendants born in New Zealand.
There is a community of Japanese people in Germany consisting mainly of expatriates from Japan as well as German citizens of Japanese descent.
The Japanese That The Japanese Don't Know (日本人の知らない日本語) or Nihonjin No Shiranai Nihongo is a manga and television series about a Japanese teacher and her students written by Takayuki Tomita and Umino Nagiko. It discusses the background of Japanese words and speech. There have been four paperback volumes as of August, 2013. It has also spawned a live action drama which aired on Yomiuri TV.
Giri/Haji is an English television series which premiered on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2019, and was released internationally on Netflix on 10 January 2020. The series was created and written by Joe Barton, and features an ensemble cast including Takehiro Hira, Kelly Macdonald, Yōsuke Kubozuka, Will Sharpe, Masahiro Motoki, Justin Long, Anna Sawai, and Charlie Creed-Miles. The series is set in London and Tokyo, with dialogue in English and Japanese.
The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Y.A. and illustrated by Fuzichoco. It was serialized online between June 2013 and March 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Media Factory, who published the first light novel volume in April 2014 under their MF Books imprint. Eighteen volumes have been released as of December 2019. A manga adaptation with art by Hiroki Kusumoto has been serialized online via Kadokawa Shoten's ComicWalker website since 2015. It has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation and SynergySP premiered on April 2, 2020, with an English dubbed Crunchyroll debut on May 14.