Cultural News to host virtual lecture about swords by Tokyo-based specialist on Sept. 23 at 7:00PM via Zoom

Cultural News will host virtual lecture “An Introduction to Japanese Swords“ by Tokyo-based specialist Paul Martin on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm via Zoom.

An Introduction to Japanese Swords
Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7:00pm via Zoom at

Zoom Meeting ID: 897 9968 2111
Zoom Passcode: 000555


Paul Martin is one of the world’s leading Japanese sword experts outside of Japan. Originally from England, the former curator in the Japanese section at the British Museum, London, has resided in Japan for over fifteen years working as a Japanese sword specialist.

He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies (Japan) from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a trustee for The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Sword Culture (NBSK). Additionally, he is a recognized specialist by the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and a designated Bunka Meister (Master of Culture) for Honganji Temple’s (Kyoto) cultural organization: the Japonisme Shinko Kai.

He has provided translations for all of the major sword institutions in Japan (The Japanese Sword Museum, the All Japan Swordsmiths’ Association, and the All Japan Traders Association), as well as translations and talks for many major sword and fitting exhibitions held by premier Japanese museums, including Kyoto National Museum, The Japanese Sword Museum, Sano Museum, Nezu Museum, The Samurai Museum, Osaka Museum of History, Fukuyama City Art Museum.