PORTRAIT – YOSHINDO YOSHIHARA

Swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara is considered to be Japanese foremost of creating the Japanese Blade

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Yoshindo admires his work

Yoshindo Yoshihara was born in Japan in 1943, he is the tenth generation of his family to continue the art of sword making, an unbroken linage dating back to the edo period. He studied as a smith under his grandfather who was an accomplished smith making swords for a prominent clientele including the emperor.

Yoshindo has his forge next to his house in the Katsushika ward on northern Tokyo where he currently makes blades and trains his apprentices. Yoshindo’s works are considered to be masterpieces, his works have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. he has authored books on the subject and has appeared in many television documentaries.
The Nihon Bijustsu Token HozonKyokai or Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword is the internationally recognized world authority for japanese art swords and they rank Yoshihara as Mukansa, which means “without Judgement” or “Master of Masters”.

Most of Yoshindo’s tool are hand made, he requires different tools for nearly each project.

Yoshindo still places his blades in annual competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs linked from Brent Stirton