Modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era leon and hiroko kapp leo monson authors aram compeau photography crodd chin ibook design the ibooks interactive multimedia multi . New book out modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era posted in military swords of japan like the topic states there is a new gendaito book out and i was wondering if anyone has read it likes dislikes and what not modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era paperback july 21 2015 by mr leon kapp author ms hiroko kapp author mr leo monson author . B850 modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era by leon hiroko kaap and leo monson 2015 softbound 8 1 2 x 11 153 pages in english this book gives us a thorough history of nihonto in the 20th century and then presents swords and short biographies of the primary smiths active in the period. This was the beginning of the gendaito period for japanese swords which began with the beginning of the meiji period at the end of the feudal period however these early gendaito are different in many respects from the traditional gendaito made after wwii ended in 1945. Swords were a major japanese export good throughout the pre modern period and especially in the muromachi era alongside copper sulfur folding fans and lacquerware the number of swords shipped out of the country was at times quite large according to one source as many as 37000 japanese swords were imported into china in the year 1483 alone
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