My awareness as a swordsmith, is to be a witness.
To stand beside, and observe the fascinating process.
Heart is kept clean as a mirror, and mind pure as the sky.
I am compelled to perform the necessary actions, and provide an optimal environment for the birth of the sword.
As an instrument of life and death, the sword ought to be imbued with beauty.
Superficially this beauty, is partly due to its efficiency as a weapon. Though a noble weapon, not necessarily used in conflict against a projected enemy, but as an aid for investigation and honing of yourself.
As it sobers the mind and refines your presence, the inspiring beauty of a distinguished sword, should have the impact of bringing out the best in you.
It may even bring you home, into a raw state of pure being.
The sword emerges through truly magical circumstances.
This give rise to its sacred dimensions, and due to its inherent attributes, it becomes a divine talisman.
A talisman for protection of the infinite and formless self.
Yukawa Kagami Yashamaro
Name: Yasha Yukawa. Swordsmith name: Kagami Yashamaro
TRAINING / 2009-2016
Trained through the traditional Japanese apprentice system, under the mukansa swordsmith master Matsuba Kunimasa.
In Hyuga, Miyazaki prefecture.
GRADUATION / 2016
Passed the national swordsmith examination, and became officially recognised as a traditional Japanese swordsmith.
Licensed under the laws of the Japanese government
INDEPENDENCE / 2016
Began working as an independent swordsmith in the mountains of Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture.
Exhibition / 2018
Held a solo exhibition at the Art hall Aspirato in Hofu city.