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I hate to brag, but I just have to share my joy. I'm having a great trip in Japan; I made it through the martial arts demonstration without any serious mistakes, I bought a 1,000 year old katana in Tokyo, and I just got a really well balanced iaito here in Kyoto. I also got to go to the Kyoto Budo Center and watch a bit of the naginata class and get pictures in the most awesome dojo I have ever seen. All in all, I am totally stoked.
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jutsuri wrote:
I bought a 1,000 year old katana in Tokyo


Sorry, but I really doubt that you managed to get your hands on a real one. Does it come with any certifications proving this?
Also if this is a real one, expect to have to do a lot of explaining and/or paperwork you once you try to take it out of the country.
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jutsuri wrote:
I bought a 1,000 year old katana in Tokyo


Sorry, but I really doubt that you managed to get your hands on a real one. Does it come with any certifications proving this?
Also if this is a real one, expect to have to do a lot of explaining and/or paperwork you once you try to take it out of the country.


Yes, it did come with certifications. I went with my Sensei, who is Japanese and a very experienced martial artist - he trained under O-Sensei Ueshiba Morihei and he is good friends with the owner of the sword shop. I am very confidant that my claim is true. It will take at least a month for the sword to be cleared to leave the country, but it was worth it. I was able to afford it because it is so old and has been sharpened so many times that internal flaws have been revealed. As I said - best trip ever. The iaito is newly made, but very well balanced and I'm looking forward to training with it.
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Posted 2/4/15 , edited 2/4/15
Alrighty!
I can't wait to see the photos then!

I'm not a martial artist myself, but I do have a big love for swords.
Apart from that I am a frequent Japan traveler myself.

Enjoy the rest of your trip.
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id love to see a picture of that sword aswell :o

and have a great time there in Japan aswell, i could almost say im quite a bit jealous about it ( i love travelling )
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I was so excited in the sword shop I didn't even think of taking a picture, and the next time I see it will be 1-3 months from now... but when that time comes I'll definitely post some pics. The iaito is securely packed up so I can't take pics of it either, but when I get home and unpack I'll take some.

Iaito aren't sharp, so you're allowed to carry them around. In order to have a shinken (real sword) in Japan you need to get a licence, and it is an expensive and time consuming process. Fortunately Sensei's sword dealer is very used to selling swords to gaijin who need them shipped directly to their homes because every other year Sensei has his martial arts festival and his students come from all over the world, this year I bought a katana and a pair of students from Sweden bought a katana and a naginata.
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Whoa! That's so cool!! I love looking at swords and antiques. They're all so interesting I don't know anything about either though haha. It's really cool that you're trained in sword fighting. I don't know anything about that either. What different styles of sword fighting do you know? How long have you been training?
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I am a student of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu - Katori for short. It's a sword school that pre-dates the peaceful years of the Shogunate, so it still has teeth - unlike Kendo which is a sport and not meant for killing. I started training nine years ago, but I hate to admit that I took a break for a few years before getting back into it. I really enjoy practicing Kenjustu because it takes an incredible amount of focus and while you're training it takes your mind off of everything else. I also do aikido and aiki-weapons, but my true passion is using the sword. I took European style fencing in high school, but I always felt like the sword was too small and light, I much prefer the weight and heft of a katana or bokken.
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jutsuri wrote:

I was so excited in the sword shop I didn't even think of taking a picture, and the next time I see it will be 1-3 months from now... but when that time comes I'll definitely post some pics. The iaito is securely packed up so I can't take pics of it either, but when I get home and unpack I'll take some.

Iaito aren't sharp, so you're allowed to carry them around. In order to have a shinken (real sword) in Japan you need to get a licence, and it is an expensive and time consuming process. Fortunately Sensei's sword dealer is very used to selling swords to gaijin who need them shipped directly to their homes because every other year Sensei has his martial arts festival and his students come from all over the world, this year I bought a katana and a pair of students from Sweden bought a katana and a naginata.


Forgive me if its a bit rude to ask, but how much did you manage to get such a sword for?
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Forgive me if its a bit rude to ask, but how much did you manage to get such a sword for? :)


800,000 Yen, approximately $8,000. But I was only able to get it for that price because it had a couple of flaws.
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well thats pretty expensive for a sword. but it seems very worth it
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Posted 2/6/15
Wow...That sounds incredible! Glad You're having an amazing Trip!
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well thats pretty expensive for a sword. but it seems very worth it


Actually, 5-10 thousand is very affordable for an old katana. The really good ones go for tens or hundreds of thousands, but I intend on using mine for iai practice once I'm feeling ready and my Sensei says that you shouldn't practice with anything that costs over ten thousand.
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Yeah because what if it breaks right ? thats alot of money/yen
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That's freaking awesome 1,000 year katana it better come with mystical powers lol since it's from Japan it has to lol , keep having fun on your trip lol
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