The maven of Japanese sword fittings

Art Nov 21, 2017

The maven of Japanese sword fittings

by Yoko Haruhara

The special exhibition "Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection" at the Nezu Museum offers a fascinating look at the collection that Toshimo Mitsumura (1877-1955), a wealthy businessman, amassed at the end of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Mitsumura's passion for swords is ...

Gifu cutlery firm's samurai-sword scissors prove popular with tourists

National Jun 19, 2017

Gifu cutlery firm's samurai-sword scissors prove popular with tourists

Samurai-sword scissors developed by a manufacturer in Gifu Prefecture are proving to be popular souvenirs for foreign tourists as well as schoolchildren. Shaped like katana, these scissors by Nikken Cutlery Co. in Seki are decorated with details found on traditional swords used by such feudal-era ...

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

Art Feb 14, 2017

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

by Alice Gordenker

If you've ever wanted to learn about Japanese swords, now's the time, as an unusually large number of top-quality blades are currently on view at two Tokyo museums. Either exhibition is well worth a visit but together they're dynamite. "Perfect Guide to Japanese Sword" at ...

Bestowing beauty on a fearful blade

General Apr 27, 2008

Bestowing beauty on a fearful blade

by Raju Thakrar

If you were to call 51-year-old Yoshihiko Usuki a makeover maestro, he'd probably just chuckle, go back to his hunched position and continue sliding the sword clasped in his hands over a polishing stone. Yet togishi (sword-polishers) like Usuki are essential players in the process ...