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Katana Girls: Latest Trend Has Young Japanese Women in Love With Swords

日本刀ブーム到来! 刀に恋する“カタナ女子”が急増中!
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Katana Girls: Latest Trend Has Young Japanese Women in Love With Swords

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Right now Japanese katana are popular with young women! There are some that are even appearing one after the other, coming to exhibitions and purchasing metal replicas of swords. Originally, there have been fans who appreciated the swords as a work of art, but this popularity has now been spreading among young women. But why Japanese katana and why now?

The fire that has started the flame to this boom is the internet game “Touken Ranbu ONLINE”, shortened as “tourabu”. Characters that are the personifications of famous katanas are gathering a lot attention, especially from young women.

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source : http://www.nitroplus.co.jp/news/2014/09/140917_4188.php

In the game, you collect beautiful male characters that are the personifications of famous katana swords such as “Mikazuki Munechika”, “Kashuu Kiyomitsu”, and “Yamanbagiri Kunihiro”, and develop these characters as you battle. This game is a huge hit, with over 1,000,000 current registered users. The girls who play this game and have become fascinated by Japanese katana are being called “katana girls”. Popular voices actors often voice these touken characters, and it is said that 80% of those enjoying the game are women.

Mikazuki Munechika (character)

Source : http://tourabu.blog.jp/archives/21529463.html

Source : http://tourabu.blog.jp/archives/21529463.html

Mikazuki Munechika (Katana)

Source : http://www.museum.or.jp/modules/topNews/index.php?page=article&storyid=3441

Source : http://www.museum.or.jp/modules/topNews/index.php?page=article&storyid=3441

 

Kashuu Kiyomitsu (character)

Source : http://tourabu.blog.jp/archives/21529463.html

Source : http://tourabu.blog.jp/archives/21529463.html

Kashuu Kiyomitsu (Katana)

Source : https://netatopi.jp/article/1000239.html

Source : https://netatopi.jp/article/1000239.html

As a result, Japanese katana magazines have been flying off the shelves and exhibitions have been packed. The number of women who have an interest in real katana has also been growing, a trend which is seen in the increasing numbers of women visitors to katana exhibitions. There are also women who go to museums as a “pilgrimage” to see the real swords that were personified in the game.

Many women are intrigued by the real Japanese katana in order to know more about their background, saying that as they play the game they begin to want to know more about the history of Japanese katana. Others say they wonder who the person who made the sword of their favorite character was like. Still others like to think about what areas of the sword are reflected in the character.

And what’s more, learning sword movements as a work-out is now becoming extremely popular! There appears to be many that support this type of exercise, from all different age groups. Some say it’s both cool and for exercise, killing two birds with one stone. Others say that it’s fun and helps reduce stress. For a while it didn’t seem to gel well with regular people, but when it was revealed that some models and TV-celebrities were learning it, and with the help of the Japanese katana boom, the numbers of students joining in are growing.

Source : http://kolor.im/mission/detail/post/2048

Source : http://kolor.im/mission/detail/post/2048

The game that started a Japanese katana boom and the “katana girls” that were born from it. The history and drama hidden behind every swing of the katana is luring in women who are light on their feet!

Related link
Touken Ranbu ONLINE : http://www.dmm.com/netgame_s/tohken/

Translated by Tanoshii Emily

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