japanese clans

whys no one talking about how he could have ended up looking like this??? looking like the rebellious type, the kind who doesn’t adhere to rules and prefers to do their own thing,…….kinda like genji, yeah?

to see hanzo shimada, traditional garb wearing and hair styled boy following all the rules and even going as far as to severely punish and decease his own brother for not following the clan rules, looking like this?? all i can think is that his brother’s death had him regretful and wishing he could have done something else. so with him leaving the clan??? i feel like he had a moment of “fuck it” and decided to do EVERYTHING he would have been punished for. weird hair style? got. piercings? got.  no traditional japanese/shimada clan wear? got. 



First snow of the year for me! That means wear kimono!!!

I don’t normally post pics of myself but I really wanted to share my love for kimono fashion!! I LOVE for wearing kimono never get many opportunities to wear them or take pics. So when a surprise snowfall came yesterday, I put together some winter season outfits!

Quick hour-long doodle of my favorite ninja kid, aged up a bit (15-16 here).

My headcanon: Sarada finds old photos of her parents and asks Sakura why she cut her long hair.  After she finds out the reason, Sarada grows it out and lets her mom brush it a hundred times before bed in an attempt to “impress Papa” when he gets home.

The Brothers of Minamoto part 2

Continued from Part 1

The most popular pair of brothers from the Minamoto Clan in Japanese folklore with their tragic tale told from generation to generation are Yoritomo and Yoshitsune. And they might have left the most significant mark on Higekiri and Hizamaru, for the distance between them while serving under the Saniwa. Higekiri’s master is Minamoto no Yoritomo, who was sent alone faraway as an exile in his youth after his family was executed due to defeat in the previous rebellion. Yoritomo was a shrewd politician and shogun manoeuvring the course of history in his favour despite overwhelming odds against him, resilient against setbacks and remarkable with his foresight in turning the tables on his political enemies. Higekiri inherited the amiable and charming facade from Yoritomo, presenting smiles to his enemies while crouching for the right moment to strike. Hizamaru went to Yoritomo’s younger brother Yoshitsune, who was a beautiful warrior with a slender build, fast and nimble with his sword. Yoshitsune was a cunning strategist famous for using radical tactics when his enemies least expected, headstrong and free-spirited yet humble to his brother. Hizamaru was influenced by the chivalry and sincerity of the warrior, though occasionally blunt in nature.

Shortly before the era of Yoritomo and Yoshitsune, the twin swords Higekiri and Hizamaru were split from each other. Higekiri stayed in the Minamoto household with current head Tameyoshi, while Hizamaru left for Kumano. Higekiri only had the replica of Hizamaru, Kogarasu, by his side as a replacement for the warmth of his real brother. That was the start of the split in the Minamoto Clan even if it at the same time opened up the path to the height of power of the samurai in Japan. In 1156, the simmering power struggle in the Imperial Court led to open hostilities where the Emperor sought to control the influence of the Fujiwara regents, and the Minamoto Clan was mobilized during the military conflict. However, contrary to common belief that they will fight together as a faction, Tameyoshi and his son Yoshitomo each picked a different side whom they acknowledged as their leader and sought to destroy each other. Both of the Minamotos chose power over blood kins, and the battlefield did not allow for bonds familial ties as they fought against each other. Tameyoshi was executed by his son who won the war against him and Yoshitomo inherited Higekiri and Kogarasu, while Go-Shirakawa secured his position as Emperor.

The samurai class grew in power in Japanese politics as the Emperors increasingly relied on the military house for securing their position. Yoshitomo paid a huge price even slaying his own clan to protect Emperor Go-Shirakawa, who repaid him by seeing his growing influence as a threat and refused his requests for higher ranking in the court, while rewarding the Minamoto’s rival samurai clan the Taira instead. This brewing discontent eventually led to the Heiji Rebellion(1160) where Yoshitomo rebelled against the Imperial court but was quickly put down by Taira no Kiyomori. As Yoshitomo sensed that his end was near, he prayed to the guardian god of warriors and the Minamoto Clan, Hachiman, grieving for the god had abandoned his clan. Hachiman appeared in Yoshitomo’s dream, advising him to rename Tomokiri, the current name of Higekiri, back to his first name Higekiri. The god revealed that the numerous renamings of Higekiri had weakened the power of the blade. Yoshitomo immediately reverted Higekiri back to his original name in an attempt to restore the Minamoto clan back to its former glory where it had yet to be plagued by inner turmoil. However, that did not stop Yoshitomo’s defeat at the hands of Taira no Kiyomori and it sparked another wave of executions against the Minamoto Clan, leaving only 3 out of Yoshitomo’s 9 sons alive.

Yoritomo was the eldest son of Yoshitomo, while Yoshitsune was the youngest. Higekiri was entrusted to Yoritomo during the Heiji Rebellion. But as he foresaw the defeat of the Minamoto Clan, he hid Higekiri in Atsuta Shrine to avoid surrendering the family treasure to the Taira, as became the fate of Kogarasu(Hizamaru’s replica) who was taken by the Taira. The 13-year-old Yoritomo was captured by Taira no Kiyomori and was nearly executed but Kiyomori’s aunt took pity on the boy and plead for his release. Yoritomo was exiled to the backwaters of Izu province instead under the spying eyes of the local clans of Hojo and Itou.

Although Yoritomo was a political exile with watchful guardians who were more like his jail keepers, he was not one to passively allow fate to control, he would be the one to take charge and change his destiny. With his natural charm and looks, Yoritomo seduced both of the daughters of Itou and Hojo, the former was furious about the liaison and Yoritomo sought shelter from Hojo Tokimasa who agreed to the marriage of his daughter Masako to Yoritomo. With the backup from the local power, the Hojo Clan, Yoritomo planned for his strike back against the Taira and reassert glory of the Minamoto. Meanwhile, Yoshitsune was sent to the temple of Mount Kurama but refused to be caged in the life of a monk, he mastered the art of swordsmanship from a legendary Tengu and studied military tactics, hoping that one day he would be reunited with his brother. In 1180, the Genpei War erupted with the Emperor’s call to arms of the Minamoto Clan to rebel against the arrogant and tyrannical Taira Clan. At this signal, Yoritomo decided that the time was right for his entrance into the game of thrones.

Higekiri and Hizamaru were each safely kept away in their sheaths elsewhere during the disturbances, awaiting the day that the brothers of Minamoto would grow to become the rightful heirs and become fit to reclaim their family treasures to lead the clan to victory.

~to be continued~

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Significance of Dragonflies

Dragonflies are usually associated with:

  • Metamorphosis and transformation.
  • Adaptability.
  • Joy, and positivity.
  • Connected to deep emotions.
  • Awareness for illusions and deceits.
  • Connection with nature’s spirits, the fae.
  • Good luck.


They are associated with the season of autumn

They are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku. In ancient times, Japanese farmers believed that the dragonfly was the spirit of the rice plant. Dragonflies were a welcome sign of a good rice harvest.

Dragonflies were also believed to bring good luck in battle. 1600 years ago, the dragonfly was the symbol of a great Japanese warrior clan.

The dragonfly later became one of the emblems of the emperor (Emperor Jinmu, who was bitten by a mosquito, which was then eaten by a dragonfly). It was also an archaic name for Japan - Akitsushima - meaning Dragonfly Island.


However, dragonflies were usually considered more sinister in Europe.

It is supposed that in Germany, dragonflies have over 150 different names: such as “Teufelsnadel” (Devil’s Needle), “Wasserhexe: (Water Witch), “Hollenross” (Goddess’ Horse), “Teufelspferd” (Devil’s Horse) and Schlangentöter (Snake Killer). 

Dragonflies, or damselflies, were connected to Freya the Norse goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Freya was famous for her beauty and her knowledge as a magician. It was she who taught Odin the shamanic practices known as seidr which were still practiced during Christian times. The paired bodies of mating dragonflies form the shape of a heart, perhaps being the source for that modern symbol of love. In ancient lore, the dragonfly represents transformation, adaptation and insight.

Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls.

The Swedish name for dragonfly is “trollslända”, which means “hobgoblin fly” in English. Long time ago people in Sweden believed that hobgoblins, elves, brownies and such creatures lived in our great woods. In that folklore the dragonflies was considered to be the hobgoblin’s twisting tools.

Native America

Amongst Native Americans, the dragonfly is a symbol of happiness, activity, swiftness and purity.

The Southwest Indian culture use the term “snake doctor” in reference to a legend that dragonflies follow snakes around and stitch them back together if they are injured.

Dragonflies are a common motif in Zuni pottery; stylized as a double-barred cross, they appear in Hopi rock art and on Pueblo necklaces.

In some Native American traditions, it is also symbol of the departed souls

FE: Fates Name Changes Pt. 3

Part 1 | Part 2

JPN - Nishiki

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: “Brocade,” a kind of fancy, silky fabric.

ENG - Kaden

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Companion.” When pronounced JPN phonetically, it sounds similar to “cotton.”

JPN - Tsukuyomi

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: Japanese god of the moon, sibling to Amaterasu and Susanoo.

ENG - Hayato

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: “Falcon Man.” Also the name of an ancient Japanese clan that remained independent from the Japanese empire.

JPN - Yuugiri

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: “Evening mist.” A famous Japanese destroyer vessel.

ENG - Reina

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: “Peak,” a high point. Also, Spanish for “Queen,” and Yiddish for “Clean/Pure.” Also includes “Rein,” which means to guide a steed, such as a horse.

JPN - Zero

Origin: French

Meaning: Having no quantity, nothing. As a verb, means to set accuracy, e.g. a gun or bow.

ENG - Niles

Origin: Irish

Meaning: “Champion.” Includes “Nil” which means “zero” or “nothing.”

JPN - Luna

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Moon”

ENG - Selena

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Moon Goddess”

JPN - Lazward

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: A shade of deep blue.

ENG - Laslow

Origin: Hungarian

Meaning: “Commander of glory.” Phonetically similar to “lazuli.” 

JPN - Pieri

Origin: Romanian

Meaning: "Perish”

ENG - Peri

Origin: Persian

Meaning: Persian spirits thought to align between angels and malevolent spirits.

JPN - Benoit

Origin: French

Meaning: “Blessed”

ENG - Benny

Origin: English

Meaning: A modern, friendly-sounding variation of Benedict (which is derived from Benoit).

Crack (theory?) time

Yesterday:  The Matsumae clan (松前氏 Matsumae-shi?) was a Japanese clan which was granted the area around Matsumae, Hokkaidō as a march fief in 1590 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and charged with defending it, and by extension all of Japan, from the Ainu ‘barbarians’ to the north.(x)

Today: As a young man Toyotomi Hideyoshi has strong social skills. He was said to have the ability to make friends easily. He had a greater than average tendency to party. Most significantly, he had an uncanny ability to read people’s intentions. Professionally, he was clever, courageous, ruthless, and effective. In spite of his non-samurai origin, he rose rapidly through the ranks of Nobunaga’s service and became a top general. It was during that time, when Hideyoshi acquired his adult nicknames of Monkey Servant  and Bald Rat. (+ he plays a big role in the unification of Japan, which would be the world of humans and ghouls in our case)

Somebody save me.


I THINK Sasaki is supposed to be a character from Shibaraku named Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, 

Kamakura Gongorô Kagemasa was a warrior of the late Heian period. He fought on the Genji side during the Gosannen war

Haise’s costume also has Maruni Sumitate Yotsumei Circle and Four Eyelets on the Edge of the Uda Genji

Which is “a stylised imagining of the shibori dying technique’s results, and commonly used by branches of the Uda Genji (宇多源氏) clan’s Sasaki (佐々木氏) and related families.”

 The Uda Genji were the successful and powerful line of a Japanese Minamoto clan that were descended from Emperor Uda (宇多天皇). Many of the famous Minamoto warriors, including Sasaki clan (佐々木氏), also known as Daimyō Kyōgoku clan (京極氏); Sasaki Nariyori (佐々木成頼), the founder of the Ōmi Genji clan (近江源氏); and Sasaki Yoshikiyo (佐々木義清), the founder of the Izumo Genji clan (出雲源氏) belong to this line.

And you know who else in in that family line? Sasaki Hideyoshi!