Kenjutsu

Kenjutsu is the umbrella term for all (ko-budō) schools of Japanese swordsmanship, in particular those that predate the Meiji Restoration. Kenjutsu, which originated with the samurai class of feudal Japan, means “methods, techniques, and the art of the Japanese sword.” The exact activities and conventions undertaken when practicing kenjutsu vary from school to school, where …

Gassan Sadatoshi – Master of Swordsmanship

A phenomenal tradition of  800 years: At the skirt of Mt. Aogaki within the east of Nara bowl, there dwells “Yamanobe no Michi,” or an old street interfacing Nara and Miwa. The stone-paved street leads you from Omiwa Hallowed place in Sakurai City to the assistant hallowed place Sai Holy place, and inevitably to a white-walled building “Gassan Japanese Sword Preparing Dojo and Dedication House”. This grave put faces to the Sai Waterway, and Sasa-yuri (lilies on three-toed plants) for “Saikusa no …

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. …