Detail of japanese decoration of a dragon in silver

Japan

Much of Japan’s early culture was imported via Korea from the great civilisation of the Tang dynasty of China (AD 608-907). Chinese characters, which are the basis of written Japanese, and a great deal of the social structure were imported.

All the armour and weaponry associated with the medieval Samurai have their origins on mainland Asia at this time.


Did you know?

Is newer better?

The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon, the 68 pounder, was 8 inches (203 mm), the same calibre as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!