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 Post subject: Photo of Boy with Military Sword
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:51 am 
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This was a thread that was started on another forum. It is an interesting pic, as it brings up many different interesting aspects. The type of koshirae, the way in which it is decorated, and the various sentiments behind it, including the fact that a boy in military uniform is holding it. Someone mentioned the old age Japanese sentiment of mono no aware (a kind of melancholy sadness often expressed in poems of all eras). I would like to see it explored and discussed here openly in a gentlemanly manner in all it's aspects. It is an acknowledged fact that the Japanese sword was used as an object of propaganda by the Japanese Military Government of the time. It has also been used as reverse propaganda by other nations to try to destroy a cultural symbol of Japan. The power of the Japanese sword goes way beyond its use as a physical weapon. I look forward to your opinions.


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 Post subject: Re: Photo of Boy with Military Sword
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:46 am 
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Good morning all,

I am curious why the Tsuka is wrapped with white material.

Was this to protect the Tsuka - Ito?

Was it to strengthen the Tsuka?

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Malcolm


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 Post subject: Re: Photo of Boy with Military Sword
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:10 pm 
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I still believe it is a funereal overwrap as seen in funeral processions. John


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 Post subject: Re: Photo of Boy with Military Sword
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:05 am 
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Good morning John,

Thanks for the input re the funeral aspects, but looking closely, doesn't the little chap looks a bit too bright eyed to be in mourning?

Also the gloves which look like China Issue are new as is the Sword Belt.

I'm curious about the wrap because one of my early Japanese Aikido instructors in U.K. way back in the late 60's used a Shingunto for what we called Iai Jutsu & Batto Jutsu then.

He wrapped the Tsuka with bandage as he said it protected the Itomaki from the sweat and dirt from the hand caused by rigorous training.

I have seen some in theatre pictures of IJF where it looks like the Tsuka are bound with white material.

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