World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0004437734
Reproduction Date:

Title: Saihai  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Kyoketsu-shoge, Hata-jirushi, Kubi bukuro, Kusari-fundo, Suntetsu
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Antique saihai, Met Museum.

A saihai (采配) was a baton carried by samurai commanders in feudal Japan. The saihai or sai-hai was a sign of rank and a signal device.[1][2]

Appearance and use

A saihai usually consisted of a lacquered wood stick with metal ends. The butt had a hole for a cord for the saihai to be hung from the armor of the samurai when not being used. The head of the saihai had a hole with a cord attached to a tassel of strips of lacquered paper, leather, cloth or yak hair.[3][4] The saihai first came into use during the 1570s and the 1590s between the Genki and Tensho year periods. Large troop movements and improved and varied tactics required commanders in the rear to be able to signal their troops during a battle.[5]



  1. ^
  2. ^ Secrets of the samurai: a survey of the martial arts of feudal Japan By Oscar Ratti, Adele Westbrook p.225
  3. ^ Samurai armies, 1550-1615 By Stephen R. Turnbull, Richard Hook p.12-p.13
  4. ^ A Glossary of the Construction,Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in all countries and in all times by George Cameron Stone page 61
  5. ^ Russo-Japanese war, Volume 3 A.T.Mahan Publisher Kinkodo pub. co., 1905 p.911
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.