“Aikuchi” does not incorporate a “lower guard” into its design, and is therefore considered by some people to be more of a “lucky charm” than a weapon. The name “aikuchi” was chosen for this project to highlight the tight coupling between the sword, handle and scabbard, and also to draw attention to the fusion of two different cultures. “aikuchi”, is contemporary art piece which is created by incorporating “a Japanese sense of beauty”, “traditional craftsmanship” and “innovative design”.


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The IWAYADO Chest originated in ‘Iwayado Hiraizumi’, which was a flourishing urban center during Japan’s medieval era some 800 years ago. During this period, the finest woodwork, lacquerware, and metalwork craftsmen were summoned from Kyoto to Hiraizumi, which is located in the northern Tohoku region of Japan. These artisans worked tirelessly on the first early prototypes of the Iwayado chest. Koichi Oikawa has contributed greatly to the evolution of the Iwayado chest. In particular, he is responsible for first introducing the "hidden dovetail" technique into the Iwayado chest. This advanced technique requires a high-level of artistic proficiency and has become recognized as a new traditional technique.



YAMATO DEN was completed by master craftsmen, Yasumasa Sadakichi and Sadamune in Nara prefecture at the end of Kamakura era. The first generation of Hokke, Kiyofusa, moved to where Miyagi Prefecture is today, in order to focus on the art of producing high quality ‘Katana’ swords. The Hokke family has been Miyagi since that time, and continue to study and refine their highly-prized artistry and workmanship. Today, Hokke Saburo Nobufusa, the 9th generation Hokke, continues to reach for ever greater heights in his quest for the ultimate in artistic excellence, while honoring the artistic spirit and style that has been passed down from generation to generation.