Posted by: voyagerguide | December 21, 2007

Japanese swords

Japanese swords, “Nihon-to”, are forged with a pecuriarly Japanese method. The method makes Japanese swords really sharp and beatiful. In the Edo period(the feudal times of Japan, 1603-1867), every warrior had one or two Japanese swards, which are the symbol of the soul of the samurai. In the Meiji Period (following the Edo Period), samurai were forced to give up position of Japanese swords. Thereafter, military officers wore them as symbols of rank. After the war, in Japan, position of them are permitted only when people appreciate them as art objects. In fact, a lot of people all over the world have fascination with limpid purity and beauty of Japanese swords.

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