Sword Linked to Emperor to Be Displayed in Kyoto Pref.

Society

Yawata, Kyoto Pref., April 23 (Jiji Press)--A short sword linked to the so-called amulet sword presented to the Imperial Family when Emperor Akihito was born will be displayed at a Shinto shrine in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, from Friday.

With his abdication approaching on April 30, the Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine wants visitors to "feel the closeness and nobleness of the Imperial Family," an official said.

The short sword has a 28-centimeter-long blade and is made of leftover iron from the amulet sword.

The late master swordsmith Sadakatsu Gassan, who made many swords for the Imperial Family including the amulet sword, forged the short sword in December 1933, when Emperor Akihito was born.

Gassan made several short swords during this period after being requested to produce "something similar to the amulet sword" by sword aficionados. One of these was offered to Iwashimizu Hachimangu around 1960.

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