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😉.

from IDW Publishing’s current run of Usagi Yojimbo

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.”

Muromachi period (1333–1573). Forged and tempered steel, sharkskin, black lacquer, gold on bronze. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection.

So, does that make me only half a samurai?

20 thoughts on “Wakizashi

  1. It does have a great ring to it. And regarding the swords, Japanese swordsmiths turned them into such masterful artwork, even though designed to kill. They really are incredible and such work went into them. I always love watching videos of a master creating a sword.

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