Japanese metal craft of the present day employs techniques steeped
in tradition and cultivated over centuries of history. The art of swordmaking
is of great importance as a traditional Japanese
craft both historically and in a metallurgical sense.
Swordsmith Masahira Fujiyasu, a leading disciple of the late swordsmith
Yukihira Miyairi, who was during his life designated a national living
treasure, received the Award of Merit at the The Sword Forging Competition
of the NBTHK (Association for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords)
in 1972, and as a promising swordsmith has gone on to receive other
awards, among them the NBTHK Chairman's Award and Award of Excellence.
Fukushima-Ken, Fukushima-Shi, Tatsugoyama Tameishita 2-12, Japan, 960-1321