Japanese fine art

Japanese fine art has its roots in the 3rd century BC, when images with everyday and other subjects appeared on bronze products (dotaku) and mirrors. In the 3rd – 5th century funerary clay statuettes of haniva were created – images of people and animals. Art related to Buddhism has been developing since the 4th century …

Samurai Sword making / technology

Materials and preparation:   The first step is to choose high quality materials from which the blade will be made. The steel from which modern craftsmen make most weapons contains 99.99% pure electrolytic iron (tenkai-tetsu), sponge iron (kangai-tetsu) or the most popular substance – tamahagane steel. Tamahagane is the traditional steel used to make swords. …