The NCJSC logo is in the form of a Japanese sword guard, or tsuba. The
kanji on the face of the tsuba are read (top down, left to right) "Hoku-Ka To-Ken
Club". The translation is
"Northern California Sword Club". The design is by Mr. Kojima,
and has been used since at least 1973.
It is interesting to note that "Hoku-Ka
To-Ken Club" does not seem to be the name of our club, but is the name of the 1920's era sword club
Francisco. In English it might seem more appropriate to add five more
kanji (in blue below) to our logo, that if read in English is
the actual name of our club. This might look something like:
In English: Northern California
Japanese Sword Club
There is a problem with this,
however. When reading the kanji or Romanji, a Japanese reader would find the association of 北加
(Northern California) followed by
(Japan) to be confusing or inappropriate, it being far better to infer the word
"Japanese" simply by the use of the word
For this reason, the
characters do not appear in the logo, instead being left inferred.
may be added to our logo under the word "CLUB", in the future.