The Honjo Masamune: A Lost Japanese Treasure

The Daily Beagle

The katana, or samurai sword, is famed throughout the world for being the perfection of sword design. It has become the symbol of the samurai class, and Japan as a whole, to the outside world. To the Japanese the katana is also a symbol of their culture and national pride. During the Meiji restoration at the end of the 19th century (that sought to bring Japan into the modern world) many samurai rose in rebellion when the government sought to deprive them of the right to wear the katana as the symbol of their class. Even after the loss of the right to wear their swords in public the disbanded samurai families kept and revered their ancestral swords. However, at the end of the Second World War the American occupiers demanded that all Japanese households gave up all forms of weaponry, including the ancestral swords. Although this policy was later…

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