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Northern California Japanese Sword Club

The NCJSC is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Japanese swords, related items and arts.

The NCJSC is an all volunteer educational organization founded by John M. Yumoto (among others) in the early 1960's,  and was incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization in June of 1976.   Though based in California's San Francisco Bay Area, our membership spans the United States, and the world.   Each August we host the annual San Francisco Token-Kai, recognized as one of the finest "Japanese Sword Shows" in the United States. Our newsletter "To-Ron" is published monthly, and mailed to our membership approximately one week before our meetings.


In-person Meetings Have Resumed!



The Northern California Japanese Sword Club is happy to announce that we are proceeding with our annual Japanese Sword Show.  This year’s event will take place on August 6, 7, and 8, 2021.


The previously scheduled NTHK- Yoshikawa Group shinsa has been canceled.
More information can be found here: https://nthkamerica.com

Membership Special!

Announcing our new, and returning, membership drive –

Starting in August 2021, if you sign up for membership you will receive all the newsletters left for the remainder of 2021 and ALL of 2022! This means if you are a new member and sign up now you will receive September, October, November and December newsletters for free and all twelve issues for 2022! In addition you will receive the NTHK Novice course. The Novice Course is an introduction to sword history and kantei by none other than Yoshikawa Koen Sensei and was translated by Gordon Robson DRE. Besides an overview of major schools and artists it includes a guide to making your own oshigata, an excellent way to study your blades in depth. For returning members you will get the four months of newsletters plus all of next year.

With our inaugural shijo kantei and other exciting developments now is the time to (Re-) Join the NCJSC, tell your collector friends to sign up now, thru the website or sign up at the To-ken Taikai the first week of August!








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