Japanese swords were made in most geographical regions of Japan; however, in Koto times there were five major areas of sword production: Yamashiro, Yamato, Mino, Bizen and Soshu. The Kanji for these and other Japanese provinces are listed below. These will commonly be the first two characters in a swordsmith's signature (mei).
[ Kanji A-G ] [ Kanji H-M ] [ Kanji M-T ] [ Kanji T-Z ] [ Date Kanji ]
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