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 後鳥羽院 遷幸八百年という記念すべき年に向けて、後鳥羽院顕彰事業実行委員会を改めて立ち上げ、町民の皆様とともに後鳥羽院につながることはもちろんのこと、この島の成り立ちや伝統的な暮らしを町民の財産とし、今日的な価値も加えながら、未来に伝えていきたいと思います。
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Gotoba: a Swordsmith Emperor in Medieval Japan Part One 
The Japanese Sword

Gotoba: a Swordsmith Emperor in Medieval Japan (Part one) 後鳥羽上皇と隠岐の島とその御番鍛冶

The 82nd Emperor, Gotoba, was the first great connoisseur and patron of Japanese swords and even took part in sword making, surrounding himself with the best smiths of the day (the Gobankaji) .

After an unsuccessful uprising against the Shogunate, he was exiled to Okinoshima (Shimane prefecture) where it is said that he continued to make swords. In this video, we trace his steps and make some surprising discoveries.

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I used to work in the Department of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum, London, I have a Masters in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and am currently a Trustee for the Nihonto Bunka Shinko Kyokai Public Foundation (NBSK).

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