A Japanese sword is not just a weapon that can hurt your opponent. Japanese swords appear in various historical events, but not all are used as weapons in stories and historical matters.
A number of swords will appear in “Kojiki” 「古事記」which is said to be the oldest book in Japan that describes the origins of Japan.
The existence of swords in people’s lives is thought to represent conflicts, but when we look at the value of Japanese swords, we find that Japanese swords are engraved on the Japanese. The way of thinking is not only as a way to hurt a person, but I also feel that there is “life” or “soul” in it.
The roots of Japanese swords and other swords began to be made by people’s hands are very mysterious and mysterious stories, but it seems that the fact that they are transmitted to the present day without interruption in the long history has shown a very important meaning in people’s lives. What kind of image do you have for swords today? We may hear the news that the number of swords lovers of the younger generation is increasing due to the recent game boom.
The fact that modern people feel the appeal of Japanese swords in their daily lives even if they do not need a sword may indicate that Japanese swords have potential as an essential part of Japanese.
The strength of a Japanese sword
As you can see by appraising a Japanese sword, you will be able to determine its age by the shape and thickness of the sword. It seems that various style changes are being made along with functionality and practicality, while the style of the Japanese sword is greatly influenced by the battle style that changes with the times. At times, it seems that the needs of Japanese swords have changed as the circumstances and situations of battles such as horse-riding and sometimes close quarters are involved. It can be said that it was the swordsmen who created the fashion of such swords.
The Excavation of Swords and the History of the People
Izumo Kuni 「出雲国」, which also appears in Kojiki, seems to be the present Shimane Prefecture. More than 300 large copper swords have been found in the Arakamiya ruins in Shimane Prefecture. What does the excavation of such a large number of swords mean? During the Yayoi period, bronze swords seemed to have been transmitted from continents and peninsulas.
There is also a picture of Prince Sae, who is said to be the Prince of Seitoku during the Asuka period, wearing a sword. These days, swords are straight swords called direct swords, and they are not warped swords like japanese swords that you envision now. The conditions depicted in the statue of Prince show the presence of sheaths, and you can catch a glimpse of the blacksmithing techniques of the time.
In modern times, there seems to be a lot of tour trips around Izumo, but when exploring the roots of the Japanese people, you can imagine that there is a very interesting history in areas where many swords such as Izumo are excavated. Along with people’s lives throughout history, swords exist, and they seem to convey various meanings and values in the present day. The charm of swords is handed down by people in the times.