Woodcut which illustrates historical condition about the practice of the Samurai
The woodprint 'The Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Osarabakuzo Denji' from 1859 by the Japanese artist Utagawa Kunisada. The woodprint illustrates how the Japanese warrior took the blood away from the sword in the feudal period of Japan (prior to 1868)
Woodcut which illustrates the relationship between the and tengu the Japanese sword and practice of swordsmanship
A tengu from the Japanese mythology.Drawing the Japanese sword, katana. Dated between 1760 – 1849 AD. Author: The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎 (1760 – 1849).
Woodcut which illustrates the relationship between the Japanese mythology and the Japanese sword and practice of swordsmanship
Takemikazuchi タケミカヅチ is a kami (deity) in the Japanese mythology, considered a god of thunder and sword god. Takemikazuchi's sword aided the Emperor Jinmu-tennō 神武天皇, the first Emperor of Japan. (Reference: Chamber, Basil Hall. (2012) The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters. Tuttle Classic.)