Like Tom Waits sang, “I’m big in Japan”; six foot two inches to be precise. They use centimeters over here, so that makes me around 189~190cm. Not significantly tall for a “Westerner”, but taller than a lot of Japanese people. I’m always easy to find in a crowd over here. That can have both its good points and bad points😉.
So why choose “wakizashi” as my cyber-moniker? —Oh, you’re being ironic, right?–No, not really. I’ve just always liked the word, especially the sound of it. It’s pronounced “wackey-zashee.” My daughter thinks I’m bonkers, by the way. She’s probably right.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the wakizashi:
“The wakizashi being worn together with the katana was the official sign that the wearer was a samurai or swordsman. When worn together the pair of swords were called daishō, which translates literally as “big-little”. The katana was the “big” or long sword and the wakizashi the “little” or companion sword.”
So, does that make me only half a samurai?