Swedish man champions the art of sword-crafting

People Feb 18, 2018

Swedish man champions the art of sword-crafting

by Kazuki Odaira

A Swedish man has become an unlikely protector of ancient Japanese swords by learning the art of sword-crafting, despite numerous setbacks including the major earthquakes that rocked Kumamoto in 2016. Hans Koga, 45, also known as Hansuke Koga, lives in Nagomi, Kumamoto Prefecture, and is ...

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

National May 15, 2016

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

by Takuto Kaneko

A craftsman's plastic processing business in western Japan has finally begun to take off as the exquisite toy weapons he produces become popular with the legion of costume-wearing manga fans known as "cosplayers." Takumi Orii, an enthusiast of the "Gundam" animation series about giant robots, ...

WWII sword returns after 70 years

National | CHUBU CONNECTION Oct 25, 2013

WWII sword returns after 70 years

A "katana" sword confiscated by the U.S. military at the end of the war was recently returned to its owner's family in Japan. Miyoko Asai, 85, received the sword on behalf of her late husband, Masaaki, at their home in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, from Paul ...

'Evangelion and Japanese Swords'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jun 27, 2013

'Evangelion and Japanese Swords'

by Alisa Yamasaki

There have been many collaborations with the popular Japanese science-fiction manga and animated series "Evangelion," which have resulted in a range of licensed products — from eye drops to pachinko machines. For this touring exhibition, the series collaborates with the traditional craft of Japanese ...

"Meibutsu: Treasured Japanese Swords"

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 26, 2011

"Meibutsu: Treasured Japanese Swords"

by Yuhei Wada

Over the course of history, objects initially created for a particular use occasionally become appreciated more for their design and form, and in turn become more ornamental than functional. Since the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), the virtue of Japanese swords has been recognized by samurai ...