Legends and Stories Around the Japanese Sword

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BoD – Books on Demand, 2011 - 184 pages
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In the last years and decades several publications and translations on the subject of the Japanese Sword have been published in the West. In this way, the historical background, the characteristics of the blades, smiths, and schools, as well as the art of sword forging, and the sword fittings were introduced and explained. The aim of this publication is now to bring the reader closer to the role the Japanese sword " the nihont " played in the warrior class and the Japanese society, namely by the means of legends, stories, and anecdotes on famous swords and their swordsmiths, embedded in an explanation of the background and other relevant facts. In the end, the reader should have an idea about the high value that was placed on this proverbial legendary weapon that span than a thousand years of Japanese history (and even still today as an object of art). The aim was to obtain a balance between easy access for beginners and detailed facts for confirmed enthusiasts.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The DōjigiriYasutsuna
9
Onimaru Hizamaru Higekiri and the big sword renaming
17
Tokugawa Ieyasu and the sohaya no tsuruki
26
The healing ŌtentaMitsuyo
32
Tegai Kanenaga and the Bodhisattva Monju
38
The demonic Yukihira
44
Ishida Mitsunari and the loss of two Masamune
48
The expulsion of two kasha
96
A giant snake as swordsmith
101
The YamaubagiriKunihiro
105
The daily problems of the giant snakes
112
The Kogitsunemaru
118
JuzumaruTsunetsugu and IchigoHitofuri Yoshimitsu
124
Detective work on the TenkyūwariKunimune
129
The HeshikiriHasebe
136

Kannagiri and DaihannyaNagamitsu
54
Tōshirō Yoshimitsu
62
Gō Yoshihiro
69
The lost writingbox lid
74
The thousand spears of the Kikuchi
77
Fireflies and swords?
82
Thou shalt not shorten me
86
The NikkariAoe
90
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
140
The legendary sharpness of Kotetsus blades
146
Sword prices and samurai income
149
Map of the old provinces
158
Glossary
159
References
162
Index
164
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