sam, on Apr 20 2007, 09:06 AM, said:
I am a Japanese but neither Samurai nor Kendo expert. My neigbour is 8th Dan Kendo Hanshi, and this is the info I got from him.
The saya is on the left. Why? Because, assuming most of us are right-handed, one has to grab the sword with the right hand. Why? When placing it into the obi, one has to hold the katana in his right hand, opening the space with his left hand.
When a Samurai wears Katana and Wakizashi, he would place first Katana into the obi, then Wakizashi. Mind you, both Katana and Wakizashi are not facing towards the same direction. Wakizashi should not get in the way for Katana.
The tanto is worn inside the kimono but seldom or on no occasion will it be worn together with Wakizashi and Tanto.
So Katana at the top and below it is Wakizashi. Blade-up naturally as it`s how they are placed in the obi. According to him, there can be no deviation as it is so basic. Again I`m not qualified to confirm it. All I can say is, recall how the Katanas are handled in Kime-no-Kata.
My father is a 6th dan Kendo expert and does collect katana. He agrees with everything in your post Sam-sensei.
Hanon, on Apr 20 2007, 09:40 AM, said:
If I understand you correctly sensei, you are writing that picture one is what you where informed was the correct position then? Very very interesting.
Yes the top picture is the traditional way swords should be displayed, although it is more commom just to see the katana and wakizashi displayed. Always blade up.
This post has been edited by ptnippon: 20 April 2007 - 04:57 PM
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