Friday, December 10, 2010

Katana-the Soul of the Samurai

The Katana was the "killing sword" of the Samurai. By the age of Tokugawa the sword was referred to as the "soul of the warrior" as the concept of personal battle embodied the spirit of "Bushido" and the "Five Rings."

Two swords were the hallmark of the samurai-the Katana and the shorter Wakizashi.

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