|swords! armor! samurai!
||[Dec. 27th, 2009|10:00 am]
Man, if I was in New York I'd totally go to see Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868, an exhibition of (mostly) the arms and armor of the samurai at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I happened to catch an interview of the sword specialist who'd gone to the US to see their swords and helped put this exhibition together. It'd taken ten years to get permission to borrow some of the National Treasures in the exhibition.
I loved the story the guy told about the first time he'd met his Master. He'd been given a sword to hold, and he'd started to sweat and tremble after a while. It was a National Treasure. The Master tells him, THAT is a sword. He's then exposed to masterpiece after masterpiece. Then he's given a sword that gives him an unpleasant sensation, and his master tells him, THAT is a fake. He'd absorbed what makes a masterpiece by being around them. I can totally see the story told as a manga.
In any case, the exhibition is until January 10.