March 15, 2003

Japanese swordsmith

Yoshindo Yoshihara is not looking forward to his trip to the United States this month. Ever since Sept. 11, Yoshihara, a master swordsmith, has had difficulty checking his baggage through U.S. airports. For security reasons, United Airlines has insisted that his chest of four swords, each one worth about 3.5 million yen [$29,600], remain unlocked. "I am afraid they will be stolen in transit," says Yoshihara, "but I obviously cannot take them on board." Sixty-year-old Yoshihara is reluctant to switch airlines because he has accumulated too many rewards with his frequent-flier program.
Read the full article in the Japan Times.

Posted by David on March 15, 2003 9:27 PM


Hello I'm a soldier currently serving in Iraq,last week I came across a national geographic with Mr.Yoshihara's story as well as the history of the Samuri. I would like to find out how to reach Mr.Yoshihara. If you can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely SGt.Sean Rickli
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Posted by: Sean Rickli on January 2, 2004 11:42 AM

I am looking to have a Tano made for my Aikido class. The sword will be presented in ceremony
and ALso be prayed over.
It will be a tano, However it will have the appearance of a short stick
the oppenent friend can not realize that it is actually a tano until the blade is pulled
23 inshes in lenth from butt end to tip of stick when closed I have some examples of how I want it made please help me in my personal quest
I should not cost any moe than 300.00 dollars due to the fact that it is wooden. But the Tano most be a thick heavy blade and razor sharp.
It should have the curve as if it is a tano sword but the the opening for the blade is inside the stick. meaning I want to fight with it as astick not a blade. THe blade is only for a last resort

Posted by: Crispus Sage on December 15, 2005 7:29 PM

Hello. I am a soldier in Iraq. I have been building an interest in swords. My dream is own an actually true sword made with the care that a true Japanese Swordsmith instills into his work. I want something made just for myself. If there is anyway i can get a hold of Mr. Yoshihara or be pointed into the right directiont it would be appreciated. Thank you.

Posted by: Spc. Robert Blount on September 8, 2007 3:37 PM

If you are interested in a sword made by anoher similarly skilled swordsmith i could put you in touch with an excellent swordsmith in Nagano, he is the son of a former living national treasure.

Miyairi Kozaemon Yukihira

Posted by: kamabisushii on June 8, 2009 7:32 AM
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