The Japanese Spear (Yari)

The Japanese Spear

  • After the mongol invasion, the spear (yari) started becoming more popular because the Mongolian army was attacking in larger units and swords were ineffective and heavy.
  • The spear with the katana-like blades are called naginata. Naginatas are commonly used by foot soldiers and female samurai.
  • The spears were more common than the katana during the Muromachi period and Sengoku periods.