What must have been going through the minds of the first Gaijin to meet the fierce but honorable Nihonjin (and vice versa)?
"Look son, Barbarians."
Since, you know, the first Gaijin (meaning Foreigner) to meet Japan were the Ancient Chinese and the Koreans. Who both had a low opinion on the tribes who dwelt there.
>Hey look there are still retards that use swords
The first westerners arrived in Japan in the late 16th century.
Alongside more archaic weapons such as crossbows and pikes. Japanese tactics wouldn't have seemed particularly archaic to a 16th century European. Plus the Japanese developed pike-and-shot formations themselves once they adopted the musket.
Iwakura Mission report from 1871 used to be posted on /int/ with first impressions by Nips travelling around Europe.
Lots of stuff like how they viewed their neighbhours, what their major exports and imports were, how the countryside/city was and cultural notions like how North and Central Europeans considered keeping their bloodlines pure important.
>Since, you know, the first Gaijin (meaning Foreigner) to meet Japan were the Ancient Chinese and the Koreans. Who both had a low opinion on the tribes who dwelt there
Silly island dwarves thinking they matter.
Given how light the fencing foil is and the greater reach of a one handed sword thats not impressive, particularly because the fencer receives a hit that would split his head open less than a second after landing his hit.
Now this example isn't much better, so lets go to primary sources