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.

7 Responses

  1. So the new modus operandi when going to singles bars is to drag a friend along and scream OYAKATA-SAMA/YUKIMURA at random moments? I could buy into that sort of thing.

  2. drag a friend along and scream OYAKATA-SAMA/YUKIMURA at random moments?

    I was wondering why I’d risen in popularity over the past months.

  3. “dahil ang tunay na lalake…” 😄

  4. Where can I get a sword again?

  5. @zzeroparticle: Or start a war with the nearest punters and claim their heads (or at least their drinks) as trophies.

    @lolikitsune: My congratulations to you, sir.

    @usagijen: “. . . marunong kumatay ng sarili niyang baboy.” 🙂 In these times of peace, I suppose slaughtering livestock – and perhaps trimming hedges – is all a katana is good for.

    @Kairu Ishimaru: They’ll sell anything on the internet these days. But to make things seem even more impressive, we can try making our own!

  6. But- But- But- I can’t even hold a knife! And I faint at the sight of blood! D:

    *Borrows Ikari Shinji’s line from Evangelion, English dub*

    “What should I do…? What should I do!”

  7. @Xcomp: The solution is simple, my friend – enlist in a warlord’s army as an archer! Smite thine enemy from a safe distance, well away from the merest taint of blood. Then there’s the added cool factor of shooting arrows on horseback.

    No sensible bloodlust-stricken woman can resist.

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