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Inaugural meeting of To-Ken Society of Ireland, Wednesday 4 May 2016

Dear Friends,

First meeting of To-Ken Society of Ireland will be held on Wed, May 4th 2016 in Belfast. This is a somewhat historical event for Irish Nihonto enthusiasts, please come along! Contact Peter McCafferty for more information.

Kind Regards,

Orlando Japanese Sword Show

I am hosting our 4th annual Japanese Sword Show in Orlando Fla. June 17th, 18th and 19th. Please see Any questions or information needed please contact me at

New website:

It's my pleasure to present a new educational website dedicated to the Grandmaster swordsmith Sengo Muramasa:

Don't forget to browse through carefully compiled examples of Muramasa's works.

New domain name

Dear Members and Visitors,

You may now access Nihonto Club using a new, shorter address: will still remain our main website address.


Swordsmith Index: Fujishiro/Toko Taikan rating clean-up

Hi All,

While going through the smiths of Aoe school in Swordsmith Index I once again was reminded of noisy/wrong/questionable smith ratings (Fujishiro/Toko Taikan) which still exist in the database. It was always in my list of things to clean up and now it's time. I'm going to archive and remove the following information:

  • Fujishiro ratings for smiths which don't have references to Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten populated.
  • Toko Taikan ratings for smiths which don't have references to Toko Taikan populated.

This data was a part of initial database upload, I don't know/remember where it came from and hence this data can't be verified. Moreover, I noticed on numerous occasions that these values are not in line with the original books, with no traceability as of why these ratings were changed. Data quality is one of my highest priorities while working on Nihonto Club resources and I believe it's a step in the right direction.

Once this is done, eventually someone can go through the books and confirm/fix the remaining ratings (Hawley ratings are 99% correct, even though they are the least useful ones).

I would appreciate your feedback on this matter.


Bujinkan Dōjō Kobudō

Thank you to Stan for allowing me this opportunity to say a little about my training group based in Dundrum, the Bujinkan Shugyō Dōjō.

We are a branch of the Bujinkan, a martial arts organization which was founded in the 1970's. Masaaki Hatsumi, who leads the Bujinkan, is the head or ‘Sōke’ of an array of Japanese martial arts schools, most notably those he inherited from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu, which include:

Togakure Ryū Ninpō
Kotō Ryū Koppōjutsu
Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu
Kukishin Ryū Bujutsu
Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu
Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu
Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō
Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu
Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō

The martial art taught in Bujinkan is Budō Taijutsu (also know as Bujinkan Dōjō Kobudō or Bujinkan Dōjō Happōbiken), but the material taught in Budō Taijutsu is drawn from these aforementioned schools or 'ryūha'. In general Bujinkan students are licensed in Budō Taijutsu, although very occasionally traditional licenses are issued in the schools themselves, or more recently, specific areas of study. The most widely disseminated and studied information is that of the unarmed techniques of Togakure Ryū Ninpō, Kotō Ryū Koppōjutsu, Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu, Kukishinden Ryū Dakentaijutsu, Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu and Shinden Fudō Ryū Dakentaijutsu. In addition the various weapons of Kukishinden Ryū Happō Biken and sword system of Togakure Ryū Ninpō are also commonly practiced.

New Member's Guide to Nihonto Club published

I have published New Member's Guide to Nihonto Club. It's a brief introduction to Nihonto Club resources. Your feedback is welcome!

Swordsmith Index verification finished

Dear Members and Friends,

Nihonto Club has reached a major milestone today. All records in Swordsmith Index have been verified against at least one swordsmith directory. All related databases and services have a solid foundation now, upon which Nihonto Club will grow. From now onwards you’ll never see the message ‘Warning! This record hasn't been verified yet’ again. It took more than 5 years to:

  • validate 12306 smith records (new and existing) and transform to Nihonto Club format
  • clean up, add missing characters to 2418 existing signatures
  • add 4769 new signatures in Kanji and Romaji

What's next? With all the holes in the existing data addressed, I'll be able to spend more time expanding swordsmith records with more in-depth information and continue working on the Sword Database, starting with Juyō class swords. Eventually I'm also planning to add more data on somewhat under-represented modern smiths, subject to time and resource constraints.

Many thanks to all the contributors who supplied Swordsmith Index with additional information. Your participation is always valued and appreciated.

Stan Nazarenko

New site

Please check out a new Nihonto related site: Grey Doffin's Japanese Sword Books and Tsuba.

I wish Grey Doffin all the best in his new enterprise.

Japanese Arms and Armour Seminar in Leeds, UK (24 Sep 2011)

Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is hosting a seminar on Japanese arms & armour in September 2011.

Royal Armouries wrote:

Japanese arms and armour is an ever popular theme for our History in Your Hands seminars – come along and handle genuine items of Japanese arms and armour from our collection. Learn about the production and use of katana and wakizashi as well as taking a close-up look at armoured sleeves, helmets and face masks.

Hosted by our Curator Emeritus Ian Bottomley this is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the most beautifully made and fascinating items in our collection.

* All of the seminars run from 10:30 to 16:30 and take place at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
* Lunch is not provided, but there is a bistro and a café plus a picnic area in the Museum.
* Booking is essential as the seminars tend to sell out quickly and places are limited to 20 delegates per seminar.

Seminar Details

Time: 10.30am-4.00pm
Price: 30GBP per delegate
Sutable for: Adults 18+
Venue: Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
Website: Japanese Arms and Armour Seminar

For further information or to book please email or call +44-113-220-1888.

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