Signature Inscription, Japanese sword

Photo by Miyata Masahiko2015

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

After the sword has been polished by a specialist and checked thoroughly to ensure there are no flaws, a signature is inscribed. From the first week of Takami’s training until the end eight years later, he inscribed signatures on a daily basis. Using a dictionary for elementary school students that he purchased, he started from the numbers 1, 2 and 3. Working on one character a day, by the time he finished training he was on his second dictionary. Inscribing one’s name on the Japanese Sword one has forged is a crucial final task.


  • Title: Signature Inscription, Japanese sword
  • Creator: Photo by Miyata Masahiko
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Rights: © Takami Kuniichi, Photo © Miyata Masahiko 

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