Okayama Prefecture, Japan, where our company is located, is one of the important regions for Japanese sword manufacturing and has produced many famous swords. Okayama has long been rich in iron resources, providing an ideal environment for swordsmiths. This area is especially known for producing many excellent swords from the Muromachi period to the Edo period.
Japanese swords made in Okayama are highly praised for their beautiful blade patterns, excellent sharpness, and durability. It is also said to have great value as a work of art, beyond its role as a weapon in Japanese samurai culture.
HAMON was designed with a focus on the blade pattern of Japanese swords .
The ``HAMON'' of a Japanese sword is a unique pattern that appears between the blade and the back of traditional Japanese swords. This is made by utilizing different hardnesses of steel during the sword forging process. The hamon is an important element that indicates not only the beauty of a sword, but also its quality and manufacturing method.
Characteristic blade designs can be created depending on the era and the blacksmith, making them an interesting element when learning about the history and culture of swords.
Japanese samurai culture had a deep connection with the tea ceremony, especially under the influence of Zen Buddhism. The tea ceremony embodied the principles of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility and was an essential part of samurai life. These rituals had not only an aesthetic aspect, but also a spiritual meaning. Writings and artwork by samurai frequently depict their relationship with tea, indicating that tea rituals were an important element in their lives.
Fumai Matsudaira's words, ``The poor behavior of the guest is the poor behavior of the host.The poor behavior of the host should be considered as the poor behavior of the guest .''
It means that the host and the guest should respect each other. The spirit of hospitality is not a one-way street, and not only the host but also the guests need to have a high level of awareness.
In modern society, this balance is very important, and I think there is a particular need to improve `` customer power '', that is, the manners and awareness of customers.
It goes without saying that the tea ceremony has played a major role in shaping the samurai's spirit. The attitude toward courtesy, which is important in interpersonal relationships, also goes like this: ``Courtesy arises from the motives of charity and humility, and because we do things with a gentle feeling toward the feelings of others, it always manifests itself as a graceful sensitivity. The necessary condition is to weep with those who are weeping and rejoice with those who are joyful."
~From Nitobe Inazo's book "Bushido"~
Samurai style has always required dignity.
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