Swords of exception Ritsuo Yanagita Swordsmith Born November 25, 1947 (Toushou name: Fukutsugu) Freshman year in high school, decided to become a Sword smith and a Japanese Swords Judge, and began studying from Master Arai in Oyama Apri1 19, 1967 went to Kanagawa ken to become a deshi of Oukubo sensei, a sword maker January, 1968 became a deshi of Nagayama sword burnish in Ooiso machi March 1971 graduated from Tokai University with the department of engineering, precision course May 5, 1972 the sword smith name of Fukutsugu conferred by teacher September 1972,received menkyo-kaiden (a expert license for making of Japanese swords) from the Agency for Cultural Affairs and opened Yanagita Research Institute (making and burnishing of Japanese art swords) July 1975, received okuden ( license to appraise Japanese Swords in tradition ) of Honami March 1976, chosen as an intangible cultural treasure holder in Ninomiya machi A foundation Japanese Art Sword Protection Association competition of sword burnishing won award and achieved rate over the standard seven times 1986-88 All Japan Sword Drawing Meet Champion and won prime Minister's award November 1990, burnished the Emperor's sword, which is the symbol of Japan July 1994, opened the Samurai Sword Museum March 2000, Ritsuo Yanagita became a Honorary Doctor of Engineering e-mail: meitou@d2.dion.ne.jp