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Title: Katana: The Spirit of Japan

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Subject: History
Author: Stephanie E
Date: April 20, 2013
Level: University
Grade: A
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History has shown that the nature of the Japanese sword is a reflection of Japan's people, culture, attitudes and tradition. Modern day pop-culture is now focused on Japan's rich history and the craftsmanship of the tireless artisans of old. The sword has gone through centuries of change and development; unfortunately due to dramatic changes in power during the late Nineteenth Century, much of the ancient traditions have been lost...

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The fading of the ancient sword making traditions is a symbolic end to the way of the samurai and the beginning of the stifling western influence. The samurai class began a slow decline during the 1800s; one of the defining moments in Japan's history that signified the end of the samurai reign was in 1867 when Emperor Meiji abolished the samurai class (Transition from Edo period to Meiji period) and banned the possession of swords in urban areas...

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