Language: Japanese
Source: In common use


Yari is the Japanese pronunciation of , the Chinese character for "spear". The spearhead alone is usually just simply called yari as well.

Cross-sections vary, but usually are triangular with often a groove on the largest of three flat sides.

The yari has been in general use since ancient times, but became increasingly popular form the Muromachi period (1336-1573) onwards and were used by simple soldiers and samurai alike.


Long yari

A rare form of yari with kusabi-hi.
Listed at Mandarin Mansion in 2022.


Types of yari

There is an incredible variety among yari with many types and sub-types:

Jūmonji yari (十文字槍), "cross spear"

Yajirigata yari (鏃形槍), "arrowhead-shaped spear"

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Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.


Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.


Of a copper alloy with a different shade on each side.


Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.


Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.


Very finely carved with designs reminiscent of export wares.