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Nihonto (traditionally made Japanese swords). Tachi, katana, wakizashi, tanto.  https://www.pinterest.com/worldantiques/nihonto-traditionally-made-japanese-swords/

Nihonto (traditionally made Japanese swords). Tachi, katana, wakizashi, tanto. https://www.pinterest.com/worldantiques/nihonto-traditionally-made-japanese-swords/

Slung Sword (Tachi), 19th century. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of family of Dr. Francis E. Doughty, 1907 (07.109.4) #sword

Slung Sword (Tachi), 19th century. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of family of Dr. Francis E. Doughty, 1907 (07.109.4) #sword

♂ Martial art sword the Menuki (ornamental grips) detail of Japanese Katana sword, Katana 1549

♂ Martial art sword the Menuki (ornamental grips) detail of Japanese Katana sword, Katana 1549

Sword and Sheath, 20th century. Mali. Mande peoples. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Claire E. Mebel and Frederick R. Mebel, 1993 (1993.521a, b) #sword

Sword and Sheath, 20th century. Mali. Mande peoples. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Claire E. Mebel and Frederick R. Mebel, 1993 (1993.521a, b) #sword

When my father gave me his Japanese World War II samurai sword on my thirteenth birthday he described a ceremony. It was at a train station in China, I believe in Beijing. When the formal surrender took place, he said, the Japanese soldiers strode one at a time and deposited their swords on the ground. When this was completed Dad and other soldiers went and picked them up.  The image featured above is from a newspaper clipping in one of his albums. The picture above was in Malaysia, yet I…

When my father gave me his Japanese World War II samurai sword on my thirteenth birthday he described a ceremony. It was at a train station in China, I believe in Beijing. When the formal surrender took place, he said, the Japanese soldiers strode one at a time and deposited their swords on the ground. When this was completed Dad and other soldiers went and picked them up. The image featured above is from a newspaper clipping in one of his albums. The picture above was in Malaysia, yet I…

The British Reoccupation of Malaya. A Japanese officer from the 7 Area Army Headquarters lays his sword beside those of his fellow officers at an official ceremony of surrender presided over by Major General C G G Nicholson CB, CBE, DSO, MC, of the British 2nd Division, at Johore Bahru, Malaya. In all 37 Japanese officers, mostly from the 7 Area Army Headquarters, handed over their swords.

The British Reoccupation of Malaya. A Japanese officer from the 7 Area Army Headquarters lays his sword beside those of his fellow officers at an official ceremony of surrender presided over by Major General C G G Nicholson CB, CBE, DSO, MC, of the British 2nd Division, at Johore Bahru, Malaya. In all 37 Japanese officers, mostly from the 7 Area Army Headquarters, handed over their swords.

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