In-person Meetings Have Resumed!
October 17, 2021
Starting our series on important han in the bakumatsu period, this
month's theme will be Aizu. So fittings guys bring us your Sho'Ami
pieces, sword guys (and gals) bring in your Miyoshi Nagamichi, Michitoki,
Sumi Motooki, and Izumi no kami Kanesada blades. In addition we expect
another special kantei session with Professor Gordon Robson so do not
An Important Note:
As we all know a new version of this terrible virus is spreading in
parts of the country. Therefore we are subject to covid protocols for
our upcoming meeting at the JCCCNC this Sunday. We will be
required to wear masks and to sanitize our hands upon entering the
In addition we are asked to provide a vaccination attestation prior to
Below is the link for submitting your health information.
Please complete this vaccination attestation by Saturday so we have a
complete record for Sunday afternoon.
Keep in mind the Center serves a diverse community that includes seniors
and youth who may be vulnerable. We know it is an extraordinary request
but we do hope you will complete the health check and join us for an
NOTE: In addition to our
regular meetings we are introducing something new -
careful study of Japanese swords in hand is the best way to learn and
understand these wonderful works of art. For over 25 years the Northern
California Japanese Sword Club has offered in-person, hand-on study of
Japanese masterworks ten months out of the year – if you have been a
member that long that is over 300 blades studied in person at our
monthly meetings! No other organization in North America offers this
many opportunities for study.
way that one can study is with “Shijo kantei”,
an exercise on paper to determine the maker of swords as described in
words and pictures. Many organizations in Japan supplement in-person
study with these paper kantei.
Starting this month (August) we will begin our series of monthly shijo kantei.
The program is based on the Hon’Ami school of sword appreciation and
will be presented in English but in the same manner as in Japan with an
opportunity for successful bidders to have their name published in our
newsletter. That’s two ways we help our members to improve upon their
knowledge. No other organization in North America offers this many
opportunities for study.
unfortunate Covid quarantine of the past year we instituted an online shijo kantei via
zoom. This proved very popular with local and out of state members as
well. We will continue to provide monthly online kantei exercises
for our members. If you are not a member you cannot participate. This is
three ways the NCJSC provides for the further education of the student
of nihonto. No other organization in North America offers this many
opportunities for study.
If you are
not an NCJSC member, now is the
time to join.
If your membership has lapsed, now is the time to
If you’re currently a member now is the time to remind your collector
friends of the pleasures of studying Japanese swords and the benefits of