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Bladed Weapons of the East  
 
     
 

Japan

The sword played an important role in Japanese culture. Owning a sword was restricted to the members of the warrior class. Known as Samurai, they pledged to follow a certain code of conduct and philosophy called bushido, and were to serve a lord, or daimyo.

Later in Japanese history farmers and other citizens did start using small blades such as the tanto (a little shorter than the wakizashi) for defense.