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To bicker, one hundred high priests will not be Guo Pu. Guo Pu said ,have the high priest had screamed, he reached out his hand waving a long sword rushed to his side ,a priest ,but scream out, build flash without ,to Guo Pu. Eight ga. You. The lead ,it is Guo Pu in the sea have high priest ,although the high priest was shrouded in Ninja suit ,but the sword ,Guo Pu was so impressed. Along with Guo Pu hand ,numerous road and knife sword light from the original no tunnel walls, or from the top of the head ,breaking out of the tunnel space ,air ,tear to pieces. The high priest , Hot Sale Michael Kors Clutches Large Bags 006 ,holding the Tiancong cloud sword ,pointed leaves shout abuse : eight GA ,you bitch ,how dare you take these lowly Chinese people rushed to the holy spirit here. Guo Pu laughed at. He and the priest at the same time, hands up ,two bright sword flashed. Oracle and Ninja one break drink ,the body appeared powerful breath ,a sword like lightning ,broke out anew. No one in the dark light ,only a knife ,sword rend the air with sound ,there is pupu crash. As the Japanese heart mountain ,Koyama ,here is a natural Japanese royal family and Shinto and the wind forest volcano four ninja clan last citadel . The Tokyo confusion ,they move but efficiency is extremely high ,with leaves a guide, plus day... A sword, a round infuriating ,hot shot out from them. These priests and priests, and four large family core strength ,although the ability of high strength ,even those undead or alive for over 100 years old monster. Guo Pu used this insidious people watch face sudden high priest ,is proudly said: can not think of, the old devil ,I not only did not die ,but you get good out of misfortune ,the fond dream be filled with wisdom method, Chiba Zichuan to God. The middle high priest was cold hard look at distant indifferent on the leaves ,then looked at Guo Pu and said: don crap. 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Chiba Ko suddenly felt a shiver ,Guo Pu quickly let go ,gently send ,take leaves lost to cherry forbearance and chrysanthemum can. Of course ,in the Fuji Mountain hinterland remote command high priest , Michael Kors Light Sapphire Blue Leather Wallet ,natural to the outside hungry very well informed, but he has not the slightest movement. The priest clearly feel your body ,suddenly lost half ,even he can turn to watch their lower body stand your ground. Let us have a look ,Chinese ancient Wu family ,how do. Guo Pu laughed : skill ,pig slaughter dog or capable of some. The underground space ,enormous ,really do not know how to send out the japanese. Probably more than 400 in Shinto priests dress in the elderly ,stood in the middle of. They are the black robes ,embroidered with golden side ,in black on both sides of the shoulder ,each with a circular serpents sign make threatening gestures. Outside the tunnel of the night ,very deep, the dark shadow of Mount Fuji ,appear very dark. This is the city ,never to Japanese Tokyo as a battlefield. The outside of the person ,even if is half of Tokyo was destroyed ,and he is the high priest what relationship. And the high priest trembled with angry ,but suddenly by a kill woke up. This time, when not bicker. Guo Pu sneered ,hand unceremoniously a stretch ,a three foot Jianwang ,with endless chill ,burst out. Of course ,like Zhukov to attack the forest family vault in general ,even in the face of a mountain of gold ,also can not take away take away. If it is really outstanding home master sally forth in full strength to words ,and the high priest only jade and stone burned together. And the high priest a loud roaring : fight them ,saying. So Guo Pu, gain a complete victory. Numerous Ninja suddenly shot up ,to meet the day –. Numerous hang together. In Guo Puchong to the end of the tunnel of time. Just a moment of collision ,on the spot to have more than two hundred priests were Wei day out. He was the most powerful hands ,all lying in the Fuji mountain. Karate fighters were taking super agent transforms the monsters out of force is infinite, everyone is of half a ton of a ton of gold is not a problem.

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Jun 18, 2013 by jack | Posted in Hobbies & Crafts

Where can I buy a wooden sword for my cosplay in the uk?

Hey guys im jack and well as the title says i need a sword if you have ever watched Naruto there are members called ANBU black ops me and my friend are cosplaying as one of these members and we both need Japanese style swords but of course you not aloud metal for many reasons in the UK, so i was wondering if there any trust worthy shops or websites that sell wooden Japanese style swords or plastic for cosplayers here are a couple of examples http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/40-Samurai-Kat ana-Wood-Practice-Sword-Bokken-Kendo-Bla ck-Gold-PRD70-/281123351747?pt=Asian_Ant iques&hash=item417441ecc3 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toy-Sword-Costum e-Cosplay-Display/dp/B0057DHZ8A/ref=sr_1 _11?ie=UTF8&qid=1371576931&sr=8- 11&keywords=Naruto+swords it needs to have a sheath so if there any good and very trust worthy websites that would be great thanks :)


http://www.blades-uk.com is a very good site, and completely trust worthy. if none of the wooden swords there take your fancy, phone them up and ask if they've any others in. [they don't always display full stock]

| Jun 18, 2013
May 03, 2013 by Kuma | Posted in Martial Arts

Need to find dojo quality katana.?

Hi everyone, I am currently studying Japanese in Japan and as a present to bring back my dad has asked for a dojo ready/battle quality katana. I however have no idea where to loo in Japan for one of these. I'm in the Kyoto area if that helps, but would be willing to go just about anywhere in Kansai or beyond to get it. I have heard they can be quite expensive, although thats not an issue about how much is fair good price for one. Any info is greatly appreciated, thanks.


The production of katana, or more specifically "nihonto", is highly regulated in Japan. It is illegal to produce non-traditionally forged swords. These can cost thousands of dollars, in the neighborhood of about $4000+ for a newly made bare blade, plus even more for polishing and hardware. There may be some for less, but that is about as low as I've seen. It is not uncommon for a shinshakuto (newly made sword) to end up costing $10,000-15,000. In some cases you must go directly to a smith to place an order, and given that smiths are restricted to producing a maximum of 2 swords a month, you may be on the backlog for a very long time. In some cases, smiths may have swords which are already complete which you may be able to purchase. You can also check out any sword shows (such as here: http://new.uniquejapan.com/events/) to try to purchase a sword. There may be dealers available in some cities which sell antique nihonto, and some of the lower quality swords may be more reasonably priced. Once you even purchase a sword, then there is a whole other issue of exporting it out of Japan, which can take several weeks to obtain the correct paper work. If it is something you are seriously considering, then you may want to touch base with someone in Japan who is familiar with the entire process and who can educate you properly in making a decision.

| May 03, 2013
Red R | May 02, 2013
You are the one living in Japan, ask around. Say Ohaio? First I think?
justanotherguy | May 03, 2013
That is cool. Try looking in a Fight store, like one that sells boxing gloves, and training equipment. Try a martial arts dojo that practices traditional katana fighting. ask someone who has one.

Antique Japanese Sword - Bookshelf


167 pages

The Craft of the Japanese Sword

Creator: Leon Kapp | Crafts & Hobbies - 1987

From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of thencient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan.

Publisher: Kodansha International

About this book
Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced now are the equal of anything made in Japan in the past few hundred years. This book takes the reader into the workshops of four of Japan's leading sword craftsmen. Each craftsman has a different role in the manufacture of a blade. Yoshindo Yoshihara, the swordsmith, begins with raw steel made in a traditional charcoal-fueled smelter and refines it by folding and forging, gradually shaping it into a sword with a hardened edge. Okisato Fujishiro then sharpens and polishes the sword with fine stones to reveal the color and texture of the steel. Metalworker Hiroshi Miyajima makes the small copper-and-gold habaki collar that fits between the blade and the scabbard. Finally, Kazuyuki Takayama carves the hilt and the scabbard out of a single piece of wood. Black-and-white photographs show every stage of the manufacture, while important information on history, metallurgy, and modern-day appraisal is presented in an extensive introduction. The swords made in Japan today are not, of course, intended for actual use. But their design, the quality of their steel, and the techniques used to create them still derive from the sword's historical function as a lethal hand-held weapon. A sword must be razor sharp, light, well balanced, and strong, but not so brittle it will break. In the perfect resolution of these qualities lie the beauty of the blade and the challenge of the craft. This book demonstrates how brilliantly Japan's sword craftsmen today have met this technological challenge. The impulse of the craft now is to preserve the utilitarian object and yet create an enduring art for the modern age. While many fine books on sword appreciation exist, these deal primarily with older blades or problems of appraisal.The Craft of the Japanese Swordis the first book in English devoted entirely to contemporary sword manufacture, and will thus be of enormous value to metal artists everywhere, as well as to collectors and students of weaponry.



262 pages

Mishima's Sword, Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend

Creator: Christopher Ross | Biography & Autobiography - 2007-09-11

In the tradition of Pico Iyer, a witty and revealing insider's journey through a modern Japan that outsiders seldom glimpse

Publisher: Da Capo Press

About this book
On November 25, 1970, the world renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima committed seppuku with his own antique sword. Mishima’s spectacular suicide has been called many things: a hankering for heroism; a beautiful, perverse drama; a political protest against Japan’s emasculated postwar constitution; the epitaph of a mad genius. Part travelogue, part biography, and part philosophical treatise, Mishima’s Sword is the story of Christopher Ross’s journey to find a sword and maybe an understanding of Mishima’s country. The cold trail the author follows inspires a tale of the most engaging-and occasionally bizarre-sort, with glimpses of the real Japan that is not seen by tourists, with digressions on, among other things, bushido and socks, mutineers and Noh ghosts, nosebleeds and metallurgy-and even how to dress for suicide.



155 pages

靖国刀

Antiques & Collectibles - 2004-09-24

Despite the overwhelming disparity between the two armies, the Japanese sword nevertheless proved to have some ... however, had little value at the time, and big piles of swords were kept in the warehouses of antique dealers, as they ...

Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated

About this book
The 8,100 swords manufactured in the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine between 1933 and 1945 are an exceptional legacy, as artifacts that preserved not only time-honored forging methods but the aesthetic and spiritual traditions of the samurai warrior. No other weapon in the world can boast of possessing such a high spiritual quality as the Japanese sword. For over a thousand years the sword was revered as the very soul of the samurai warriors who wielded it, commanding awe, respect, and an almost religious devotion. The tumultuous events of modern Japanese history and the nation's relentless drive toward technological advancement, however, irrevocably sealed the sword's fate, and, along with the samurai class, the sword became an anachronism, both culturally and militarily. As Japan entered a period of unprecedented Imperial expansion in the early twentieth century, the Japanese sword, despite its limited practical effect, became a feature of the soldier's arsenal-an echo of the mythical status it enjoyed in feudal times. The Yasukuni swords emerged during the build-up to World War II, in part to help meet the huge demands of the Imperial Army, but more importantly out of a desire to preserve time-honored forging methods, and to revive the spirit of the samurai. For these reasons, they were notably distinct from so-called "Showa-to," which were mass-produced and inferior in quality and artistry. All swords were banned in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and the decades that followed have seen a decline in the popularity of Yasukuni swords, largely because of their associations with that war and the military. Another factor has been the stigma attached to Showa-to, which has helped to stereotype wartime swords in general. Recent years, however, have seen a renewed interest in the surviving Yasukuni swords. Many collectors and appraisers have acknowledged the workmanship of these swords as displaying a perfect blend of technology and tradition, and a quality that can rival even that of the great classical smiths. In his tribute to the Yasukuni smiths, acclaimed photographer and sword enthusiast Tom Kishida has compiled an extensive study of these rare and exceptional swords, drawing on a variety of sources to shed light on this often little-understood chapter of Japanese sword history. With his unique eye for capturing the beauty of the blades in his photographs, he has provided the reader with the most lavishly detailed book on Yasukuni swords to date. This will be an important addition to the libraries of specialists and connoisseurs, and to those who wish to deepen their understanding of these fascinating wartime weapons.


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    Review of "The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing"...

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    This is a great series and when i saw the chance to own it i pounced. but this collectors edition fell a little short on my expectations. It comes with 3 postcards with beautiful artwork on them, and book(obviously written in Japanese) and a display box with more great artwork, great so far. Now the down falls, the cd that comes with this set only has 2 songs. the opening and closing to be exact. when it said sound track i expected 10-15 songs, granted most of them would probably be instrumental and that would have been wonderful, but that's not what you get. And the blue ray itself is up next. features on this are: 3 fun news bulletins by one of the main charters Asuna, clean open and close songs and a commentary. Not bad, not bad, but the kicker! There is only 2 episodes. 2 that's it AND beware! NO subtitles. so for any of you who do not know enough Japanese to understand without subs not sure you'll want this. Now I'm going to finish off with this, am I sorry i... 4/5 J. Widdifield "zel/kethvin" (cheyenne, wy USA) - See all my reviews, March 30, 2013

    Not bad, not exactly what I had hoped for

    0 3/5 Christine-Lee - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Sword Art Online - Vol.1 (DVD+CD+BOOKLET+NOVEL+BOX) [Japan LTD DVD] ANZB-6601 (DVD) Bought this on sale for $50 as a gift-- Not an awful price, because it comes with some extra goodies & a book. All included items seem to be of good quality. Everything is in Japanese, of course-- so if you are expecting English language or subtitles this will not be a good choice for you.Since it is a Region 2 DVD, it will play on our computers but not on other "American" devices, etc.Set includes: 1 DVD , 1 CD, 1 softcover 'light' novel, 2 postcard-style prints (#1: Silica & Pina; #2: Kirito & Asuna), a booklet with the 'making of' details (has sketches), all in an illustrated slip-cover boxThere are only 2 episodes-- Volume 1 does not mean "Season 1"-- this is the main reason it only gets 3 stars.Everything was nicely packaged. Shipping from Japan took 2 full weeks-- that's actually not too bad for those unfamiliar with what can sometimes be lengthy delays for anime goodies. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 9, 2013


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    Sword Stands for Antique and Vintage Swords for Displays and Shows. SOLD AS SINGLE UNITS for Mixing Sizes. (usually pick 2) Clear Acrylic. SWS-9 (9 inch)

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Carved eagle with gold gilt trim, carved by William Sheppard, soars to $8100 ... Two Japanese World War II swords from the lifetime collection of Daniel Pagano, one long and one short, realized $4,598 and $847, respectively. Antique pillar and scroll clocks are a staple at most Tim's, Inc. Auctions, and these were no exception....
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