This site is dedicated to the Art of Nihontō (Japanese Sword)

Smith & Signature Search enabled

Swordsmith Index page is now extended with specialised search facilities.

Main index page offers 3 options to search for smith records by ID (Hawley IDs are now in use), Name (romaji) and Name (Kanji), or any combination of those. Individual search mode can be chosen for each field: Is Equal To, Contains, Contains Any Word, Contains All Words, Starts With, Ends With, Does Not Contain.

You can also find a number of new tabs at the top of the main index page:

  • All Schools
  • Mei Search
  • Editor's Assistant (only available to registered users)

The first tab leads to

List of swordsmiths and schools published

Swordsmith Index is now available on 12212 swordsmith records have been initially uploaded. With the initial data import being quite modest, the final goal is to provide a record structure giving a comprehensive view of smith’s background and features of his works in a way which allows easy data aggregation and filtering.

Basic data cleansing and correction of typos and obvious errors has been performed on the data before the initial import. Another important goal was to reduce (to certain degree) a level of ambiguity when referring to names (e.g. fathers, students, teachers), schools, places and times which often accompanies Nihonto sources. However, due to bulk operations and massive data transformations done using Excel files and SQL database, mistakes were unavoidable. Therefore all the imported records are marked as 'unverified' using a verification flag. They would need to be verified manually over next months (years? decades?) to fill the gaps and increase the data quality.

Publishing personal collections - Phase II

The feature has been fully implemented now. Registered users are allowed to post an unlimited number of collections by publishing content of Private collection type (see Create content menu once logged in). Each collection is a list of records of the following customized types:

  • sword record (available fields: Nagasa, Saki-haba, Moto-haba, Sori, Sori Type, Sugata, Type, Period, Jihada, Nakago, Mei, Hamon, Boshi, Horimono etc)
  • tsuba record (available fields: Width, Height, Thickness etc)
  • generic item record - for any other item types (available fields: Custom Type, Description)

Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition in Dublin

On 29th March, as part of the ongoing commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, the 60th Jubilee Exhibition of the Shodo Geijutsu-In Foundation (the Association of Japanese Calligraphy), co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan, opened at the Atrium, Office of Public Works in Dublin.

Sword glossary enhancements

The following new features have been added:

  • Each glossary term has a new field now to define its Japanese name(s)
  • When viewing the Glossary by category, terms in each category are shown in a table with 2 columns: term in English and in Japanese
  • A new page has been added: view glossary by term. It shows the Glossary as a flat table:

    New glossary view

    with sortable columns

At the moment the Glossary is almost empty. I'll try to fill up the Sword Glossary within next few months, doing it on a regular basis. Enjoy!

Private collections can now be published - Phase I

Finally, issues with image gallery have been resolved. Registered users can now publish their items grouped into collections. See Kazarena's Collection as an example.

Different types of items would have different properties, e.g. tsuba record would have width and height, while sword record would have dedicated fields describing sori, nagasa etc.

See Large Namban Tsuba:

Large Namban Tsuba

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

The site has been moved to Drupal 5.1. This means that the first stage of site construction is over, things are settling down and I guess it's time to introduce myself and tell a little bit more about Nihonto Club.

Sword-makers ceremony sparks public interest in Gifu

SEKI, Gifu -- Hundreds of people gathered to watch sword makers in Seki, a town famous for producing Japanese swords, as the craftsmen showed off their skills in an annual New Year's ceremony expressing hope for safety in the sword-making industry.

A total of 19 sword makers dressed in white gowns and formal headwear took part in the traditional ceremony on Tuesday, working with steel heated to over 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Japanese Language Support

This site uses Japanese characters extensively. Many computers with English or other Western operating systems don't show them by default.

If you see boxes, question marks in following text:


you still do not have support for Japanese characters.

Attackers And Survivors Reconcile At Pearl Harbor

I found another article about Pearl Harbor and particularly liked the way Japanese pilot expressed his view on the historical event:

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