How to Polish a Japanese Sword

The exhibition Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868, on view at the Met from October 2009 through January 2010, is drawn entirely from public and private collections in Japan. The first ever exhibition to be devoted to the subject of Japanese arms and armor conservation, it evokes the life and culture of the historic Japanese samurai.

Okisato Fujishiro, Japan's leading sword polisher and connoisseur, demonstrates the art of sword-polishing. In so-doing, he considers family, sunlight, and the sword itself.

Okisato Fujishiro, leading sword polisher; introduced by Morihiro Ogawa, curator of the exhibition.

This Sunday at the Met is supported by the Japan Foundation.

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