Paper Tigers

By Toby Howden

Martial arts and misadventure in Japan

Sunday, 21 February 2016

It's not good because it's old it's old because it's good.

 

This is a picture of the traditional house in Japan where Paper Tigers is set. Freezing in the winter, boiling in the summer, mosquitos all year round. Tatami straw mats, battered sliding screens and made entirely from wood it expanded and contracted with the elements. some nights it creaked like an ancient sailing ship. The 'ninja house' held many secrets, not least the constant visits from mischievous kendo teachers looking to drink whisky, cut loose from strict Japanese etiquette and get down to discussing the serious business of Bushido- the way of the warrior. 

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