A common weapon
in the days of feudal Japan
. The yari was a straight spear about six feet in length, a design common to many schools of thought
that involved pointing sharp objects
at other people and sticking them in the chest with said sharp objects.
There were a number of dojo
s that taught yari technique
, but by far those who used the yari were the untrained ashigaru
, for the simple reason that spears are cheaper to produce by far than a katana
- and who would trust an expensive piece of military hardware
to an untrained conscript
? On the bright side, yari were also apparently a degree easier to learn how to use in the scant time that ashigaru
were permitted to train, and were more suited to the swarming tactics
often employed by their commanders.
In the same manner that knights used lances, mounted samurai
were able to make use of the yari (often of higher quality and a bit heavier, to make it more resistant to breaking). However, utilizing the spear never carried the same popularity that kyudo
(archery) or kendo
(swordfighting) had, and as such the samurai
who used a yari by choice was snickered at behind his back by others.