Our mortality is our greatest fear and also in many ways our greatest fixation. The number of TV networks that broadcast series exploring topics from state-of-the art weaponry to survival techniques, historical battles and stylized combat traditions is on the rise. Maybe the enthusiasm to scrutinize violence is a consequence of the barrage of graphic images of destruction and carnage that we see on the news every day. In view of that, there also seems to be a distinct upsurge in interest from networks in the ‘mystique’ of Japanese martial arts and samurai history. Japan boasts a top-heavy abundance in combat arts, albeit antiquated ones.Read More →