Ah the Kitchen Sink Setting. One of my novice players for the upcoming GURPS campaign picked up a naginata and a couple of shurikens. Which led to a discussion of why he could have such exotic weapons in the western european style mileau of Nomar. I told him that thanks to the
fad for all thing Japanese that started in the early 80s, at least in my
area, that I carved out a section of the Majestic Wilderland to place a
culture that is an analogue of medieval Japan.
There are differences for example the "emperor", known as the Imperial
Prince, is viewed as the Son of Mitra rather than the Son of Amaterasu.
But all the familiar 80s stereotypes are there, the weapons, the martial
arts, the feudal hierarchy, the code of Bushido, etc. And
geographically it wasn't even that far from Nomar so it was plausible
that the character has the exotic weapons.