About the Author
TOM KISHIDA was born in Taito Ward, Tokyo, in 1948 and graduated from Nihon University. He became a professional photographer and studied photography under Kenzo Takano. He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society, and wrote and published in Japanese Yasukuni Tosho in November 1994. His highly advanced technique for photographing blades has been recognized by the British Museum as of sufficient quality for sword identification by professional appraisers. KENJI MISHINA was born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1951 and graduated from Kanagawa University. He went on to become a Japanese sword polisher and a student of Living National Treasure Kokan Nagayama. He has translated for Kodansha International The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords by Kokan Nagayama, 1995, and The New Generation of Japanese Swordsmiths by Tamio Tsuchiko, 2002.