Satsuki nobori (May’s banners)

Kodomo no hi (children’s days) is celebrated all over Japan on May 5th. Before WWII, it was known as Tango no Sekku (Boy’s Festival) balancing Hinamasturi (March Girl’s festival).

Those three yokan (plum, brown sugar or matcha flavoured) are packaged in cute boxes bearing typical motifs. 

The samurai helmet (kabuto) echoes the iris (ayame), both symbol of courage and strenght. The carps streamers (koinobori) depict a fish family: papa carp is black, mama red and the child blue. Koi carps are a famous symbol of bravery and strong will based on a popular Chinese legend:

Swimming upstream Yellow River, carps kept leaping to cross a mighty waterfall. Many gave up but some kept going, again and again, year after year. Until one finally succeed! Gods, moved by its unwavering will, decided to reward its determination by turning it into… a dragon.

[personnal translation]

Colored up the demon samurai character from an old #Inktober series.
Inked traditionally with Pentel pocket brush
Quick n dirty colors in photoshop CC
I just wanted to figure out the color scheme to use as a guide when I color it up with markers etc.

#tbt #battleberzerkerbalto #ink #photoshop #samurai #zombie #moreOfaDemonActually #not#bishamon #darkstalkers#nope #homage #capcom #inspired#by#obviously

Final Fantasy XIV: Samurai; A Lore Question.

So with the rise of Heavensward, I’ve heard talk that Samurai as an actual class was cut from the game, if it was to be implemented at all (here’s to hoping we get it soon, though!). 

Curiosity got the better of me, and I was to see if there had actually been any lore pertaining to such. Looking at the other games listed under the wikia, such a thing wouldn’t be too far fetched.

As is now, it looks like I’d have to settle for an Au Ra Warrior/Ninja combo that’s clearly drawing from these ideas. However, I was curious if there was any already-established lore around Samurai within XIV:ARR. If yes, where can I find it? If not, what possible issues would I run into if I continued with the idea?

“Fighting isn’t all there is to the Art of War. The men who think that way, and are satisfied to have food to eat and a place to sleep, are mere vagabonds. A serious student is much more concerned with training his mind and disciplining his spirit than with developing martial skills.”
― Eiji Yoshikawa