The way to a woman’s heart is through your sword

Sanada Yukimura

Behold the new standard of Japanese masculinity.

The Mainichi Daily News reports that young Japanese women are embracing the Sengoku era with an ardent thirst. Books, magazines, even “armour” underwear based on historical themes are flying off the shelves. Reki-jo (“history girls”) are turning to the likes of Uesugi Kenshin and Sanada Yukimura as paragons of masculinity: a rejection, it seems, of the man-in-the-kitchen image that appears to have gained popularity in recent years.

Our mission is clear, lads. Forget about getting in touch with your feminine side. Leave the puppies at home and dump the frilly apron. To impress the modern Japanese woman, we need to embrace the bloodthirsty, merciless, town-sacking, head-chopping warlord within.

Now excuse me for a moment – I need to see a man about a full suit of Sengoku-era armour.