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    Yep; about one in three Shinto shrines are...

    Yep; about one in three Shinto shrines are dedicated to Inari (an agricultural deity, especially of rice), and the fox is Inari's messenger. It's quite common to find them at the entrance to shrines...
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    Oh, I'm not denying they were destroyed en masse;...

    Oh, I'm not denying they were destroyed en masse; I just don't see how the mechanics of using a shovel on long, thin, hard objects like swords would be of much use.
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    I take it this blade has a triangular cross...

    I take it this blade has a triangular cross section? Any photos of the flat side of the blade?
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    The deity Inari is also associated with...

    The deity Inari is also associated with foxes--searching on that may help as well.

    But, don't necessarily expect a lot of results--foxes were/are not generally well regarded in Japanese culture,...
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    Surely, that second photo must be staged? I...

    Surely, that second photo must be staged?

    I can't think of a less effective way to move swords into a furnace than to shovel them in!
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    Any further word on this?

    Any further word on this?
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    Pardon an amateurish question/observation, but...

    Pardon an amateurish question/observation, but isn't that rather large for a mekugi-ana? How out-of-the-ordinary is this?
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    ? How does it follow that because a sword is...

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    How does it follow that because a sword is laid in a grave in its scabbard with attached belt, that there is no significance to laying it at the corpse's right hand?

    Now, if it could be...
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    I missed this one first time around--great stuff!...

    I missed this one first time around--great stuff! Thanks, Mick!
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    Try contacting Jaap Koppedrayer; looks like he...

    Try contacting Jaap Koppedrayer; looks like he has a video available that shows the construction techniques.

    See http://www.hornbow.com/wedgie.html
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    This has been seen before, but given the subject...

    This has been seen before, but given the subject of the thread I think it bears being re-posted;

    The Sword of Goujian;
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    If the ito is actual cotton, then you know it's...

    If the ito is actual cotton, then you know it's not silk, and would by that virtue be what some consider "cheap ito."

    My understanding of same is that the better quality stuff has larger nodes. I...
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    Those are the same photos from the link...

    Those are the same photos from the link provided--is that the actual sword you are selling?

    I can't quite make out the scuffs or the chip in the scabbard...
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    So, a saya and shirasaya with it?

    So, a saya and shirasaya with it?
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    Other hi?

    "Bo-hi or not bo-hi" seems to generate a fair bit of discussion on the boards--besides the use of naginata-hi on (obviously) naginata blades, are there any production companies currently producing...
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    Kurosawa did do Hidden Fortress. George Lucas, a...

    Kurosawa did do Hidden Fortress. George Lucas, a big Kurosawa fan, drew on it heavily as inspiration for Star Wars
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    Just what are you looking for in terms of...

    Just what are you looking for in terms of accuracy? True to historical events? Accurate costumes & armour? True to an "authentic flavour" of feudal Japan?

    Kagemusha is good for accuracy of...
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    No menuki?
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    There's also the option of looking up the Society...

    There's also the option of looking up the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Anyone over 16 (with parental consent--18 otherwise) can take up arms and armour for fairly safe full speed...
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    Kendo bogu covers face/head, torso, hands/wrists,...

    Kendo bogu covers face/head, torso, hands/wrists, and groin/hip. Targets in kendo consist of the head, neck (thrusting only), hands/wrists, and torso. Kendo bogu, again, is designed to meet a blow...
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    Kendo armour is great if you're practicing...

    Kendo armour is great if you're practicing kendo--otherwise, no, it won't make sparring with wooden weapons safe. Kendo emphasizes control, has a limited target area, and uses bamboo shinai...
  22. I was interested in the yari too, but when it can...

    I was interested in the yari too, but when it can be purchased new for $290 from http://www.ebladestore.com/knives/PC2152.html, the asking price seemed a bit high for a used one that "rattles just a...
  23. That makes sense for acquiring a nice set of...

    That makes sense for acquiring a nice set of matched swords, but I think there'd have to be a "starter set" of swords in that case. I could be wrong, but in the Edo period anyway, weren't samurai...
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    Sode. I'll second G. Liberatore--looks like...

    Sode.

    I'll second G. Liberatore--looks like shells to me.
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    Did you dye the same that colour, or did you...

    Did you dye the same that colour, or did you purchase it that way?
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