The Japanese samurai, who often appear in movies and anime, are representative of Japanese cultural output, and the Japanese sword is well known as a symbol of these samurai. The real name of these so-called Japanese swords is katana, which came into existence at the end of the Shogunate, but is synonymous with the spirit of the samurai in every sense of the word. While the samurai class gradually declined, the katana exploded into an enduring luster that has become a cultural legacy through the centuries, and appreciation of the katana has become a legend that crosses cultures and genres, striking a deep chord in the hearts of history buffs, Japan enthusiasts, and comic book fans around the world.
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