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  • Dai Token Ichi 2016
    Dai Token Ichi 2016
    jpnThe event that attracts Japanese sword fans from all over the world.
    The "Dai Token Ichi" is an annual event where Japanese swords are sold by 71 different traders from all over Japan.

Explore the Japanese sword event "Dai Token Ichi 2016" that attracts fans from all over the world.

  • Japanese sword maniacs and buyers from all over the world.

    Japanese sword maniacs and buyers from all over the world.

    We've interviewed the maniacs and buyers of Japanese swords from all over the world at the "Dai Token Ichi" held at the Tokyo Art Club in Shinbashi last November.


    What is the "Dai Token Ichi"?

    What is the

    The "Dai Token Ichi" is an annual Japanese sword market. There will be antiques from the Kamakura era and brand new ones sold by 71 different brokers from all over Japan and anyone can purchase them.


    Very expensive Japanese swords everywhere at the market.

    Very expensive Japanese swords everywhere at the market.

    Among all the swords sold here, some of them are very valuable such as the one from the later Muromachi era made by Bizen koku jyu Yosouzaemon no jyo Sukesada that costs 10 million yen to purchase.


    32 million yen sword that attracts the fans big time!

    32 million yen sword that attracts the fans big time!

    And the "Kotetsu" that used to belong to Isami Kondo of Shinsengumi in the Edo era that costs 32 million yen to purchase.


    Many Japanese sword fans from overseas.

    Many Japanese sword fans from overseas.

    At the market there are many Japanese sword fans from overseas and they are checking out the swords very seriously. One American we interviewed taught us how great Japanese swords are, he likes the fact that the Japanese swords are the most strong and famous swords in the world.


    A man who loves Japanese swords more than a Japanese does!

    A man who loves Japanese swords more than a Japanese does!

    We've met Paul Martin-san at the market. He is British and an organizer of a committee at the Foundation of Japanese Sword Culture for the purpose of public interest. His love to Japanese swords is deeper than any other Japanese.


    A Japanese sword specialist with blue eyes.

    A Japanese sword specialist with blue eyes.

    Paul helps to spread the culture of Japanese sword to the world by publishing DVDs and books. He is a Japanese sword specialist who won the Japanese sword appraisal as the first non-Japanese.


    A Japanese sword isn't just a weapon.

    A Japanese sword isn't just a weapon.

    Paul has shown us the beauty of a Japanese sword by explaining the "shape" of it. He has told us that a Japanese sword isn’t just a weapon, it has its beauty and spirit in it, and that Japanese swords are the best in the world. Thank you for accepting our interview!