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 …

The Japanese Short Sword – Wakizashi

Wakizashi is a short traditional Japanese sword. Mainly used by samurai and worn on the belt. The length of the blade is from 30 cm to 61 cm. The blade is sharpened on one side, slightly distorted. It is usually worn with a katana in the samurai’s belt. In ancient Japan, a sword with a …

Tanto – the Samurai’s dagger

Tanto is a samurai dagger, which was designed and used primarily as a stabbing weapon but also for finishing off opponents, cutting off heads, etc. and never as a knife. The edge can be used for slashing as well. Sometimes tanto was worn in daishho as a second sword. Tantos were used mostly by samurai, but they were also …

Kodachi – the sword that is a shield

Kodachi is a Japanese sword shorter than Daito (long sword) and slightly longer than tanto. Its blade is 40 to 65 cm long. Its size allowed the samurai to pull it out very quickly. It was used where movements were restricted, or in a body-to-body attack. Preferred weapon by the samurai, who relied mainly on …

The Samurai Sword

To the people of the Empire of Japan, the sword has a significance so profound as to be almost incomprehensible to people of other lands. Part of the Imperial Regalia (sanshu no jingi) the possesion of which is a necessary prerequisite for ruling our country, it signifies courage and power, characteristics much admired by the …