The Samurai Swords of Japan: Culture, Tradition and Art This paper will examine Samurai swords as an important aspect of Japanese culture and history. The focus of the paper will be on the samurai swords in general but with emphasis on the Edo period in Japanese history (1603-1867), which coincided with the most prosperous period of the samurai tradition. The swords, of which there are many kinds, played an important function in the tradition of the samurai culture and warfare, but they are also beautiful pieces of art which are today on display in many museums including the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as valued collectables. The samurai sword had many important spiritual and traditional connotation incorporated in the design; the paper...The end:
.....he sward makers were skilled artists and this is reflected in the variety of details and variations of the samurai swords, as well as the spiritual approach to the sword making. The samurai swords, as well as some of the many parts of such swords continue to be valuable pieces of art. Bibliography Robinson, B.W. The Arts of The Japanese Sword. London: Faber and Faber, 1961. Robinson, H. Russell. Japanese Arms and Armour. New York: Crown Publishers, 1969. Sasano , Masayuki and Shihachi Fujimoto. Early Japanese Sword Guards: Sukashi Tsuba . Ed. Richard L. Gage, Norio Okawa . Tokyo & San Francisco: Japan Publications, 1972. Yumoto , John M. The Samurai Sword: a Handbook. Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1958.