People ask me what my handle means on my Instagram and my Twitter. Its a handful to say but it’s been with me since I can remember. Read below to learn why I keep such a handle.
Gorō Nyūdō Masamune (五郎入道正宗?, Priest Gorō Masamune, c.1264–1343 AD), is widely recognized as Japan’s greatest swordsmith. He created swords and daggers, known in Japanese as tachi and tantō respectively, in the Soshu tradition. The name Masamune, in the entertainment world, is used as names for legendary or powerful, holy swords much like the Excalibur with the legend of King Arthur.
(I could leave it at that but if you are still interested in Japanese legends involving Masamune and his pupil Muramasa. Read below.)
A legend tells of a test where Muramasa challenged his master, Masamune, to see who could make a finer sword. They both worked tirelessly and eventually, when both swords were finished, they decided to test the results. The contest was for each to suspend the blades in a small creek with the cutting edge facing the current. Muramasa’s sword, the Juuchi Yosamu (10,000 Cold Nights / 十千夜寒) cut everything that passed its way; fish, leaves floating down the river, the very air which blew on it. Highly impressed with his pupil’s work, Masamune lowered his sword, the Yawarakai-Te (Tender Hands / 柔らかい手), into the current and waited patiently. Not a leaf was cut, the fish swam right up to it, and the air hissed as it gently blew by the blade. After a while, Muramasa began to scoff at his master for his apparent lack of skill in the making of his sword. Smiling to himself, Masamune pulled up his sword, dried it, and sheathed it. All the while, Muramasa was heckling him for his sword’s inability to cut anything. A monk, who had been watching the whole ordeal, walked over and bowed low to the two sword masters. He then began to explain what he had seen.
“The first of the swords was by all accounts a fine sword, however it is a blood thirsty, evil blade, as it does not discriminate as to who or what it will cut. It may just as well be cutting down butterflies as severing heads. The second was by far the finer of the two, as it does not needlessly cut that which is innocent and undeserving.”
My brother from anotha motha. @loupolitics #lastnightoftour
Pretty cool view in Norfolk.
what we should be getting
- a multiple tag search option
- an actually working block option
- a fix on the tumblr video player
- being able to post pictures into the caption of anything else besides a text post
what we are getting
Seriously. Tumblr. Get your shit together
I’d feel like a little bitch if I didn’t reblog this
I lost it at “bitch mittens”
Tips for not being a little bitch: From Out of Shape/In Shape guy from the 1930s.
You look just like your father: split face portraits of family members
Ulric Collette is a photographer from Quebec. He studied art and graphic design at school and currently works as an art director for Collette, an advertising studio in Quebec City.
In this series, called Genetic Portraits, Ulric splices together portraits of family members to explore genetic similarities.
From parents and their children, to twins, siblings and cousins, the series is fascinating, and just a little bit spooky.
The project was shortlisted for a Cannes Lion.
Visit genetic.ulriccollette.com to see the entire collection.
I would like to see this with me dad. I think I look more like my mom tho
Okay, legit fucking crying.
You bet your elderly testicles I did.
i reblogged this before but we actually started playing this game and it has resulted in spilled drinks, flying cigarettes, and friends getting hit in the gut with 5lb crystal balls
it is fantastic
It shall be done