Institute for Japanese Sword Craft
is an independent institute for research and study to preserve existing Japanese swords and its tradition .
Our aim to organize a proper research based on scientific approach, connecting scientists and traditional Japanese sword experts with craftsmen can progress the knowledge and understanding for the better future of the Japanese swords.

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The Institute for Japanese Sword Craft is planing to have a meeting with Mr. Nakahara Nobuo and his senior disciple Nakano Takuyoshi, a NBTHK sword instructor in the Netherlands, in October this year.
We will be holding the Japanese sword seminar with them.
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Christie’s Amsterdam.
Vondelstraat 73
1054 GK Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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12th and 13th of October 2019
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Tel : +31 686496251

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We are honoured to announce that we will be holding the Japanese sword seminar with Nakahara Nobuo, one of the top kanteika (connoisseur) of Japanese sword in Japan today, and his senior disciple Nakano Takuyoshi, a NBTHK sword instructor at the viewing room of Christie’s Amsterdam, a beautiful location in city of Amsterdam in autumn of 2019. 

Nakahara’s lecture offers practical and precise, hands-on view to the essence of Japanese sword collecting and appreciation.  
He is giving 20-30 lectures at Japanese sword study groups per year for last 40 years all over Japan.
We have decided to keep these seminars as small groups in order to make them more intimate and meaningful. 

Traditionally, most of the secret knowledge was passed down generation to generation by oral instruction ; this is called 口伝 (kuden). 
This event will be the first time master Nobuo Nakahara’s and his disciple Takuyoshi Nakano held the seminar outside of Japan. 
This present great opportunity to meet and receive expert knowledge direct from the masters. 

Nobuo Nakahara was born in Nara City, 1951.
After graduating from Doshisha University (Kyoto) in 1974, he became apprenticed to sword expert Kosuke Murakami In December 1978.
Kosuke Murakami was a senior disciple of Honami Koson, one of important connoisseur of Japanese swords in history who established “Gokaden” theory.
Nakahara became independent connoisseur following the death of his master, and began to publish a bi-monthly Japanese sword journal (1979 to December 1998) while giving lectures at Japanese sword study groups all over Japan.
in 2001, he published the reference book Oita-ken no Katana (The Swords of Oita Prefecture), followed by Katana no Kansho (The Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords) in 2005.  

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Institute for Japanese Sword Craft” is an independent institute for research and study to preserve existing Japanese swords and its tradition .
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Activities
* Survey and
inspection of the collection, making report and further research.
* Co-ordinate restoration projects and Exhibitions.
* Translation (ENG-JPN, JPN-ENG).

Projects
* Restoration project for Japanese sword collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia
* C14 Radiocarbon dating test (AMS) on Japanese sword
with Eminent professor Toshio Nakamura
Nagoya Univ. Division for Chronological research.

Research
* Radiocarbon (C14) dating test of Japanese sword with AMS (Accelerator mass spectrometry)

Non-destructive test focus on polished surface of Japanese sword

Publishing
 * Kurihara Nobuhide – The Last Master Sword Smith by Noboru Toyama, 2013
“Aizu 11th gen. Izumi no Kami Kanesada (part 1)” by Noboru Toyama, 2015
* Japanese sword collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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