Japanese Swords - Cultural Icons Of A Nation
Product code: BOS-11
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Historically, Japanese warriors considered their swords to be far greater than simple weaponary. Their swords were both lethal tools and divine companions - social and religious icons.
This richly illustrated large format paperback, weaves the swords primary influences together, tracking it's history and illuminating it's progress from infancy to grandeur. Combining research materials from multiple disciplines, Roach uses his expertise as an educator to guide readers through the sword's rise to greatness in a unique way. This book discusses the history, development, and spiritual symbolism of the sword, as well as the esoteric metallurgical techniques used in it's production.
Includes a DVD featuring a documentary on traditional Japanese sword making, scenes from an Iaido class and an introduction on Japanese sword shopping in Kyoto.