Inscribed by Naotane (Japanese, 1778–1857). Blade for a Short Sword (Wakizashi). Engraved by Yoshitane (Japanese), dated 1839. Japanese. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Brayton Ives and W.T. Walters, 1891 (91.2.84) #sword
Description of a katana sword, a weapon that plays a part in my SIGN OF THE DRAGON, set in Seattle's Underground (below the city's old Japan Town),1941. Before the Internment, Seattle's Japan Town was five times larger than its Chinatown. Little of it remains today.