Modern Japanese Swords And Swordsmiths - Kapp - Yoshihara - Book
  • Modern Japanese Swords And Swordsmiths - Kapp - Yoshihara - Book

Modern Japanese Swords And Swordsmiths - Kapp - Yoshihara - Book

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The lineage of the Japanese sword can be traced back over a thousand years, and throughout its long history the sword has emerged as one of Japan's most du
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The lineage of the Japanese sword can be traced back over a thousand years, and throughout its long history the sword has emerged as one of Japan's most durable cultural assets. Part of its mythical appeal lies in the unique harmony of its historical roles as deadly hand-held weapon, embodiment of the samurai spirit, and powerful symbol of warfare. The types of sword that have been made, their forging methods, and the styles of blade have been influenced by historical events and shaped by developments in the means of combat, giving rise to five distinct periods and a host of styles and schools. The most recent period, gendaito, began in the late nineteenth century, during Japan's drive to modernize its military forces. The demand for traditional swords all but disappeared, and many schools and styles became virtually extinct. In this authoritative new book, Leon and Hiroko Kapp, together with leading swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara, co-authors of the bestselling 'The Craft of the Japanese Sword', describe this most recent period of sword history, and present the work of key craftsmen active today. Through a detailed chronicle of major events in the modern sword world, the authors illustrate the developments in sword-making, its movement into artistic spheres, and the challenges swordsmiths have faced over the last century. Many of today's smiths seek to revive the ancient arts of sword forging, and at the same time create a vital and meaningful artistic role for the sword in a modern context. In part three of this book, the authors present informative interviews with twenty-two modern smiths, who demonstrate how the blade's aesthetic power derives from a symmetry of the sword's basic elements - steel, shape, and texture - and this harmony affords the blade a singular and delicate beauty. Part four widens the scope beyond swordsmiths to include perspectives from other experts involved with gendaito, from martial arts practitioner to metallurgist. The book also includes comprehensive and intricate lineage charts of the major historical schools. Lavishly illustrated with rare historical photographs and works of the best smiths, including Living National Treasures, this will be essential reading for the student and connoisseur alike. Yoshindo Yoshihara is a tenth-generation swordsmith who is ranked among the top sword craftsmen in Japan today. Leon Kapp is a molecular biologist and has studied swordmaking in Japan at the forge of the swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara. PART 1. TERMINOLOGY Historical Periods • Main Sword Categories • Koto and the Five Traditions (Gokaden) • Types of Swords • Parts of the Japanese Sword • Measuring the Japanese Sword • Sword Structures (Tsukurikomi) • Types of Sori (Curvature) • Types of Kissaki • Types of Mune • Types of Shinogi • Types of Nakagojiri (Tang Ends) and Yasurime (File Mark Patterns) • Types of Grooves (Hi) and Carvings (Horimono) • Jigane and Jihada • Nie and Nioi • Types of Hamon • Hataraki (Activity) • Types of Boshi PART 2. HISTORY 2A. The First Half of the Twentieth Century: The Meiji Era • Revival of Gendaito • Yasukuni Shrine and the Nihonto Tanten Kai • Yasukuni Shrine • Nihonto Tanren Kai • Nihonto Tanren Denshu Jo • Seki and Showa to • Showa to • Showa to Production in Seiki • Materials and Techniques Used in Seiki • Traditional Swords and Their Construction • Showa to Production Techniques • Fujiwara Kanefusa 2B. The Latter Half of the Twentieth Century: Kowa Kinen To • NBTHK and the Annual New Sword Competition • The Tatara • Non Japanese Contributors • Colonel Victor Cadwell • John Yumoto • Albert Yamanaka • Keith Austin • Yasu Kizu • Richard Fuller 2C. Swordsmiths in the Heisei period: Becoming a Swordsrnith • Registration of Swords • The Craft Today • The Future of the Japanese Sword • A Shin Gendaito Era? PART 3. INTERVIEWS Amata Akitsugu • Osumi Toshihira • Yoshihara Yoshindo • Yoshihara Kuniie • Gassan Sadatoshi • Kanbayashi Tsunehira • Yamaguchi Kiyofusa • Kawachi Kunihira • Ono Yoshimitsu • So Tsutomu • Mikami Sadanao • Miyair
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