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Novice Course

ByYoshikawa KoenGordon Robson

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This “Novice Course” on Japanese swords (Nihonto) was first written as a series of articles by Yoshikawa Kôen sensei for the Nihon Tôken Hozon Kai (NTHK). Dr. Gordon Robson translated the text into English for the Northern California Japanese Sword Club (NCJSC) and organized the material into book form in 1990-1992. This second edition, from 2022, is a digital remastering of the book which has improved print and image quality and incorporates some minor updates by Dr. Robson. A little over half the book introduces the reader to the Gokaden (Five Traditions) since, as the author tells us, “Every Nihonto which has come down to us today has its roots in the Gokaden, and each of these tradition’s characteristics are present in the style of work found in these blades.” The rest of the book includes a glossary of sword terms (in Japanese and English) and chapters on the principles of sword polishing and making oshigata. Also included is a chapter on the NTHK shinsa (screening) system, explaining the point system and how to read “papers.” Chapter Titles: • History of the Japanese Sword and Its Stylistic Evolution • Sword Terms • Yamato-Den • Yamashiro-Den • Bizen-Den • Sôshû-Den • Mino-Den • The Shinsa System • Making Oshigata • Glossary of Sword Terms • General Principles of Polishing

Details

Publication Date
Sep 17, 2022
Language
English
Category
History
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Yoshikawa Koen, Translated by: Gordon Robson, Edited by: Jeffrey Adachi

Specifications

Pages
245
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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