Interests and links
The Beauty of the Japanese Sword
literally means the beauty of the Japanese sword,
but can also have a wider meaning such as appreciation, or understanding
The website is presented as an e-library by which to share our interests in Japanese swords and tsuba. Swords are mostly from the central area of Japan, in particular swords of Mino Province (Noshu), and also those of the neighbouring province of Kashu.
Tsuba interests are tetsu sukashi, the Echizen Kinai school and the Yamashiro Tenpo group. We also show some books on the above and related which are for sale.
The Japanese pronounciation of sword is “tou”; for simplicity it is spelt “to” here. The same applies to swordsmith (tosho) which correctly should be pronounced “toushou”.
Mal and Sueko Cox, Brisbane, Australia.
Mal has been interested in Japanese swords and associated arts since his teens. Originally from Sydney, he graduated in geology and worked around much of Australia and the Pacific Basin, before further studies in Hawaii and New Zealand. He is an Associate Professor in Hydrogeology at QUT, Brisbane, Queensland.
Sueko is from Hyogo Prefecture, and lived in Sasayama and the port city of Kobe, before moving to Australia. She has an interest in the cultural traditions and history of Japan, as well as the history and designs of sukashi tsuba.
Mal has written several books one jointly with Sueko, plus a number of articles for the Japanese Sword Society of the US, and the Token Society of Great Britain. Mal and Sueko continue to share their interest and collection of sukashi Tsuba and designs.
We hope you enjoy the website and find it useful.
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