Katana specially Made for and presented to His Royal Highness Crown Prince of on his visit to Japan in 1922 .The Crown Prince of England who went on to be the King of England for a short time less than a year when he abdicated to marry his love Wallis Simpson,King Edward’s decision to give up his throne for love that entirely altered the course of the monarchy.
Hiraga Morikuni was born in the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture and he was also a writer. He wrote the short treatise The State and the Sword in 1935. It is said that he had studied with Yokoyama Sukekane, probably the second generation Sukekane. Mostly, Morikuni is known for being the master of the famous modern Osafune smith Imai Toshimitsu (1898-1995) who was a Mukansa and Intangible Cultural Property of Okayama Prefecture.
Photo of Morikuni, taken in 1935.
NBTHK Hozon Certificate Translation
Katana, signed: Hiraga Morikuni + kaō ‒ Kore o kinzō (平賀護国「花押」為謹造之)
Kentan Aki no Kuni Kure-shi ni oite Dainippon Tōken Kurabu
Hōken Eikoku Kōtaishi-denka issen-kyūhyaku-nijūninen gogatsu kichijitsu
Dainippon Kure Gunkō Kure Kōron shachō Mitsumura Ryōjirō kyūhai
“Respectfully/carefully made by Hiraga Morikuni + monogram.
Presentation forging at the Japanese Sword Club of Kure City, Aki province.
Presented on a lucky day in May of 1922 to His Royal Highness, the Crown
Prince of England. Very respectfully, Mitsumura Ryōjirō, director of Kure
Kōron at the Japan Kure Naval Port.”
Nagasa ~ 60.9 cm
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic
and rank it as Hozon Tōken.
August 26, 2019
[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會)
Japanese Sword Museum Tokyo
King Edward VIII
King Edward VIII Early Life visit to Japan
Born on 23 June 1894 as David, he was the first son of the future George V and his wife, Mary of Teck.
In 1911, after his father’s ascension, Edward became the Prince of Wales. He joined the Royal Navy and then, following the start of World War I, enlisted in the army. His assignments to safe positions on the Italian front troubled him, causing him to announce, “What difference does it make if I am killed? The king has three other sons!”
Edward VIII, who ruled the United Kingdom from January to December 1936, was born on June 23, 1894, in Richmond, London, England. The eldest son of George V, Edward studied at Osborne Naval College, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College.
Upon his return to England, the young Prince Edward took up his official duties, and traveled throughout Britain and other parts of the world. Dashing and charming, he became known in the American press as the “arbiter of men’s fashions, a fearless horseman, tireless dancer, idol of bachelors, dream of spinsters.”
Edward Prince of Wale’s visit to Japan 1922
Accompanied by Crown Prince Hirohito, Edward Prince of Wales received a grand welcome to Japan in 1922, Arriving at the port of Yokohama In a royal procession from Yokohama to the Tokyo station and then onto the Imperial Palace a short distance away.
Crown Prince Hirohito was eager to entertain the Prince of Wales, who visited Japan in 1922, For Prince Edward had treated him kindly during his own tour of Europe in 1921, Crown Prince Hirohito went on to become Emperor and Edward Prince of Wales briefly King. They forged long friendship.
Prince Edward was presented this Katana in May of 1922 on his visit to the Naval port of Kure near Hiroshima ,Edward also on the 12th of April made a visit aboard the battle cruiser HMS Renown , The prince was accompanied by his second cousin LT (later fleet Admiral) Lord Mountbatten.
One of the last photographs of Edward was taken with Emperor Hirohito whilst he was visiting France in 1971.
King Edward VIII Abdication, Marriage to Wallis Simpson. The greatest love story of the 20th Century
Edward VIII Abdictates the Throne
The speech below is from December 11th, when Edward publicly announced his decision via radio to a worldwide audience.
His younger brother, George VI, took the throne and immediately gave Edward the title, Duke of Windsor. The Duke and Simpson were married in France on June 3, 1937 and lived in Paris. During World War II, Edward served as governor of the Bahamas. He died in Paris on May 28, 1972. His wife died there, April 24, 1986.
At long last I am able to say a few words of my own. I have never wanted to withhold anything, but until now it has not been constitutionally possible for me to speak.
A few hours ago I discharged my last duty as King and Emperor, and now that I have been succeeded by my brother, the Duke of York, my first words must be to declare my allegiance to him. This I do with all my heart.
You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve.
But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.
And I want you to know that the decision I have made has been mine and mine alone. This was a thing I had to judge entirely for myself. The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course.
I have made this, the most serious decision of my life, only upon the single thought of what would, in the end, be best for all.
This decision has been made less difficult to me by the sure knowledge that my brother, with his long training in the public affairs of this country and with his fine qualities, will be able to take my place forthwith without interruption or injury to the life and progress of the empire. And he has one matchless blessing, enjoyed by so many of you, and not bestowed on me — a happy home with his wife and children.
During these hard days I have been comforted by her majesty my mother and by my family. The ministers of the crown, and in particular, Mr. Baldwin, the Prime Minister, have always treated me with full consideration. There has never been any constitutional difference between me and them, and between me and Parliament. Bred in the constitutional tradition by my father, I should never have allowed any such issue to arise.
Ever since I was Prince of Wales, and later on when I occupied the throne, I have been treated with the greatest kindness by all classes of the people wherever I have lived or journeyed throughout the empire. For that I am very grateful.
I now quit altogether public affairs and I lay down my burden. It may be some time before I return to my native land, but I shall always follow the fortunes of the British race and empire with profound interest, and if at any time in the future I can be found of service to his majesty in a private station, I shall not fail.
And now, we all have a new King. I wish him and you, his people, happiness and prosperity with all my heart. God bless you all! God save the King!
Edward VIII – December 11, 1936