The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords

Author: Kōkan Nagayama

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770020710

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 348

View: 7626

Connoisseur's Book Japanese Swords is a Kodansha International publication.

日本刀21世紀への挑戦

Author: 土子民夫

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028549

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 255

View: 5246

New Generation of Japanese Swordsmiths is a Kodansha International publication.

靖国刀

Author: トム岸田

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770027542

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 155

View: 9382

No other weapon in the world can boast of possessing such a high spiritual quality as the Japanese sword. For over a thousand years the sword was revered as the very soul of the samurai warriors who wielded it, commanding awe, respect, and an almost religious devotion. The tumultuous events of modern Japanese history and the nation's relentless drive toward technological advancement, however, irrevocably sealed the sword's fate, and, along with the samurai class, the sword became an anachronism, both culturally and militarily.

Hank Reinhardt's The Book of Swords

Author: Hank Reinhardt

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 1618247336

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 8715

The sword is the most revered of all of man's weapons. Although the club is older, the knife more universal, and the firearm much more efficient, it is to the sword that most decoration, myth, mysticism and reverence has been given. The katana has been called "The Soul of the Samurai," the Vikings lavished love, care and attached wonderful names to their weapons. The sword has been the symbol of Justice, of Vengeance, and of Mercy. No one artifact has so captured the imagination as has the sword. As our society has grown more and more advanced, and more reliant on technology, there has been an increased interest in the weapons of the past. The romance of the sword is very much alive¾but movies, books and fiction of all types have romanticized the past, and particularly the sword, beyond all recognition of the real thing. Drawing on information from grave excavations, illustrations of battle scenes, and many classical and medieval literary sources, this book discusses how contemporaries showed swords were used. Building on Oakeshott and other authoritative writers on the subject, this volume, representing ten years of writing and a lifetime of experience, will add to the body of knowledge of the history of swords by illustrating not only the beauty of the form of the sword, but also their beauty of function. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

A Book of Five Swords and a Scroll

Author: Stanford D. Carman

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411627393

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 4817

A Book of Five Swords and a Scroll, is about five Japanese swords that came to the United States after W.W.II and a Japanese hanging scroll of a 'Seated Samurai. The book is richly illustrated with over 110 photographs of these swords, map segments, and other associated materials. There are three original short stories centered around three of the swords. The book also contains sections regarding Medieval Japan, the Samurai, Japanese Sword Smiths, and Japanese Sword Care and Cleaning; Detail Technical Data of these swords is included, and there is a short biography of artist of the scroll. The chapter about the scroll, regards a person famous in 14th Century Japanese History. Two of these swords are over 450 years old. n addition there is a short biography of a unique US Marine that fought at Wake Island, Dec 8, 1941 - Dec 23, 1941 in WWII and taken as a Prisiner Of War by the Japanese. He spent a total of 1350 Days as a POW in Camps in China and Japan. This version of the book is in Color.

Nihon-shinshinto-shi

Author: Markus Sesko

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 129158420X

Category:

Page: N.A

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Encyclopedia of Japanese Swords

Author: Markus Sesko

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 131256315X

Category: History

Page: 552

View: 4057

This completely new encyclopedic reference for the Japanese sword contains about 2,500 terms, many of them illustrated by photos and drawings. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Swords is an A-Z general encyclopedia covering each and every part of the sword: the blade, the mountings, the fittings, and all their different interpretations. Further, this encyclopedia also explains the literal or etymological meaning of each Japanese term and provides an even deeper insight into the subject.

The Craft of the Japanese Sword

Author: Leon Kapp,Hiroko Kapp,Yoshindo Yoshihara

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9780870117985

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 167

View: 8056

From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan. Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced

Legends and Stories Around the Japanese Sword

Author: Markus Sesko

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3842366035

Category:

Page: 184

View: 9553

In the last years and decades several publications and translations on the subject of the Japanese Sword have been published in the West. In this way, the historical background, the characteristics of the blades, smiths, and schools, as well as the art of sword forging, and the sword fittings were introduced and explained. The aim of this publication is now to bring the reader closer to the role the Japanese sword " the nihont " played in the warrior class and the Japanese society, namely by the means of legends, stories, and anecdotes on famous swords and their swordsmiths, embedded in an explanation of the background and other relevant facts. In the end, the reader should have an idea about the high value that was placed on this proverbial legendary weapon that span than a thousand years of Japanese history (and even still today as an object of art). The aim was to obtain a balance between easy access for beginners and detailed facts for confirmed enthusiasts.

The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing

Author: Setsuo Takaiwa,Yoshindo Yoshihara,Leon Kapp,Hiroko Kapp

Publisher: Planeta Publishing

ISBN: 9784770024947

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 191

View: 1329

To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the sword itself. This book examines in detail the polisher's techniques. It illustrates the methods, materials, and tools used for this process, but its true aim is to enable the reader to appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted Japanese sword. To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the sword itself. Through the centuries, the great connoisseurs have been polishers. A swordsmith can spend much time forging a classic sword, but refining and bringing out its final shape, colour and texture so that

Koto-kantei

Author: Bernard GALLENT

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 130055245X

Category:

Page: N.A

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Japan Quarterly

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Japan

Page: N.A

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The Japanese Sword

The Soul of the Samurai

Author: Gregory Irvine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Japan

Page: 128

View: 7298

Drawing on the V&A's magnificent collection, this illustrated survey examines the development of the Japanese sword in an historical and social context from the 8th to the 12th century.

Sword and Brush

The Spirit of the Martial Arts

Author: Dave Lowry

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825422

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

View: 1283

This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts. Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.