Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Pap/DVD Re edition (August 19, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 12 inches
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For years, aficionados of the Japanese sword (nihonto) have been limited to the few works available in the English language by John Yumoto, Kanzan Sato, Clive Sinclaire, and the partnership of Leon and Kiroki Kapp with Yoshihara Yoshindo. These are all valuable books that have gone a long way to introducing nihonto to an English-speaking audience, but there remains a dearth of information in print for those of us who do not read Japanese. Fortunately, the past few years have been kind, with a number of outstanding museum exhibitions displaying stunning works from Japan along with the publication of excellent exhibition catalogs (Art of the Samurai, Japanese Arms and Armor 1156-1868, from the Met; Art of the Samurai, Selections from the Tokyo National Museum, from the Bower Museum; Lords of the Samurai: Legacy of a Daimyo Family, from the Museum of Asian Art); a new book by Clive Sinclaire (Samurai Swords: A Collector's Guide), an English translation of Nobuo Nakahara's Facts and Fundamental of Japanese Swords; and this book, Japanese Swords: Cultural Icons of a Nation by Colin Roach.This new 176-page book is a large, almost coffee-table sized volume (12"x 9") with lots of glossy photos that bears the subtitle, "The history, metallurgy, and iconography of the samurai sword." The author is a 4th Dan Muso Jikiden Eishen-Ryu Iaido practitioner whose source material is drawn heavily from meetings and study with one of his own iaido teachers Nicklaus Suino (author and 6th Dan instructor of Muso Jikiden Eishen-Ryu Iaido); 15th generation mukansa swordsmith Kawachi Kunihira; mukansa sword polisher Abe Kazunori; and professors, authors, and Kashima Shinryu practitioners Karl Friday and William Bodiford.
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