The making of Japanese swords is an important
cultural treasure of Japan, a gift descended
from the ancestors. In the words of Yanagita
sensei , "When I see a Japanese sword,
the history and spirit of the samurai well
up inside of me and I realize that the sword
According to makimono ( ancient scrolls ) there is a more than one thousand year old legacy of Japanese swordmaking. At its height there were some 20,000 - 30,000 swordmakers concentrated in these following five schools : Yamashiro school . Yamato school Soushuu school . Bizen school and Mino school . Every sword produced during that time period belonged to one of these traditions.
Yanagita sensei began studying sword burnishing in his freshman year of junior high school ( 7th grade ) , In September, 1972, he received his menkyo kaiden ( a certificate of full proficiency in an art ) for sword making from the Agency for Cultural Affairs .
When he opened the museum, it was like his dream had come true.
Yanagita sensei is sure that if people who like swords come to his museum, they will be moved by his collection.
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