Katana or nihonto (Japanese name of samurai sword), is known throughout the world for its beauty and sharpness. You can see the artistically decorated scabbard, and also the wave pattern of the blade called hamon, which are the characteristics of katana.
Samurai of the Chosyu clan, during the Boshin War period 戊辰戦争. The Boshin War was a civil war in Japan, fought from 1868 to 1869 between forces of the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate and those seeking to return political power to the imperial court.
The surprising list of things that make Japan an amazing country: SAMURAI ｰ The Samurai class was abolished in the late century by Emperor Meiji. Today Samurai culture, ideals and martial arts are still running strong in Japan.