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水月丸 The spiritual world that is expandable by facing the culture of your own country does exist. While a Japanese sword is the weapon which saves your life, it’s in the same time, the mirror reflecting your spirit. The tranquility veiled by the ferociousness. I make swords envisaging the shape which conceals both dynamic and serenity.
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Ishida Kunihisa

Brief Biography

  • In 1977, Born in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture.
  • In 1995, Become a disciple of the master swordsmith Kunihira Kawachi- A holder of Intangible Cultural Properties designated by Nara Prefecture.
  • In 2001, Received the approval of making art swords by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
  • In 2001, Awarded the prize for effort and the best new artist at the Exhibition of Newly Made Swords.
  • In 2002, Set up his work shop Workshop (Kunihisa Tantojyo).
  • In 2005, Received the Fighting Spirit Prize at the first Omamori Katana Exhibition.
  • In 2007, Participated for a swords making demonstration in International Exhibition bonsai & Suiseki Alytus 2007 and Japanese art festival’ held at Alytus, Lithuania.
  • In 2007, 2009, 2012, Entered his work in ‘Shinsaku Nihonto and Sword Craftsmen Competition’ at Sano Art Museum.
  • In 2008, 2013, 2016, Awarded the prize for effort at Exhibition of Newly Made Swords.
  • In 2012, Exhibited his work at ‘EVANGELION and Japanese Swords’ held at Bizen Osafune Japanese sword Museum and so forth.
  • In 2013, Displayed his work at ‘2Dimensions vs Katana Exhibition’ held at Bizen Osafune Japanese sword Museum and so on.
  • In 2016, Made a sword at the precincts of Atsuta Shrine to dedicate it to the shrine.
  • In 2017, Exhibited his work for ‘Touken Ranbu’ Mikazuki Munechika Restoration Project at The Exhibition of Kunihira Kawachi Ichimon took place at Mitsukoshi Ginza, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi.
  • In 2018, Entered his work at ‘Ritual New Year’s Sword Exhibition’ held at Yushukan museum, Yasukuni Jinja. Received the Contemporary Swords and Artworks awards of excellence.