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    Oh, I'd love to see that since all I have are the replica swords (gave my katana and wakizashi to my best friend for a wedding gift...she was less than pleased though )
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    Post I've got a some blades too...

    I have a 200 year old family katana. As well as some blades only (no hilts) for 2 katana and a wakizashi. Actually at my parents house, so not mine per se.

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    EDIT: my ancestors were not samurai, rather physicians for the local daimyo for almost 1,000 years, so were allowed to wear a single blade, katana only, not the daisho or two blades as were carried by samurai class. In fact the family name (mother's side) is Shimizu - which means "purest water", probably related to the curative means of the first of that name.
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    Why this obsession with katanas? Give me a good sharp longsword any day.

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    Post I'm really not a sword guy!

    If anything, I collect maps, I don't collect swords - my swords are family heirlooms, not something I paid money for or obtained for my collections. They are cool don't get me wrong, but I'm not a knife guy.

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    PS: when I was in the Army, I was a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) - you know those guys who dress up like knights and beat each other up with rattan "swords", at our own private tourneys. That was a long time ago, but I know how to wield a sword and shield.
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    I did SCA in college for a lil bit as well as fencing club before I went into a fraternity and all that geeky stuff went bye bye until grad school. The swords, I just put on the wall until I can get this one $10,000 katana that I've had my eye on for a while so I can whack down on the unruly teenagers around here
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    I've been to Japan a few times... but only the airports in Tokyo and Osaka (I think), when I was on my way to the Philippines.

    Would like to have been able to visit a few places but never had the chance.
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    GP, I'm sorry I hijacked your thread.

    Now... about those fortifications.....

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    Veer right, thread jack ahead!

    Since we are on the subject of Japanese RPGs and fortifications. How many of you folks play Sengoku? If you are not familiar with it, do you remember Bushido? Sengoku is essentially the latest iteration of the game, but uses a different system and IMNSHO is far superior to Bushido.

    If you want to discuss it further or want more info, I've started another thread in the General Discussions here: Anyone play Sengoku? Formerly known as Bushido.
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    Crosslink to Hoel's "How to build a fortress"

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    Post Nijō Castle in Kyoto

    Most of Nijō Castle in Kyoto is still standing. Though most of it has burnt down at different times and been replaced.

    It's not very defendable and it seems like it was mostly built by the Shogun to keep an eye on the Emperor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nij%C5%8D_Castle

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