Raiders of the Lost Past

The Lost Sword of the Samurai

Series 1 - Episode 6 The Lost Sword of the Samurai

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Summary

Documentary exploring the disappearance of the Honjo Masamune, the 13th-century ceremonial sword of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns. It is suspected the item was a casualty of General MacArthur's order made while America occupied Japan in the aftermath of the Second World War, that all weapons - including Japanese swords - be destroyed.
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