Wikipedia:POTD column/October 24, 2006

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Edo period Wakizashi

A wakizashi, a traditional Japanese sword, on display at the Tokyo National Museum. The wakizashi is the smaller cousin of the katana and together the two swords were worn as a matched pair, or daisho, by samurai warriors. Towards the end of the Edo period, samurai swords became elaborate status symbols, with lavish decoration on the hilt and scabbard displaying the owner's wealth.

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