posted on Aug, 28 2013 @ 12:28 AM
reply to post by DocHolidaze
Living in Japan (Osaka, so at least safer than Tokyo) for more than 20 years now.
Regarding "As with any situation traveling or staying home i always suggest a good solid fixed blade knife", carrying a knife around with you is very
likely to get you arrested in Japan. As happened with the father of someone from the UK living here. He (the father) asked some Japanese policemen for
directions, which they gave him very kindly in broken English and even offered to walk with him most of the way. Apparently on a whim, one of the
policemen asked if the father was carrying a knife. Being a good British gentleman, he always carried a small folding knife since he found it
convenient for things like opening bags of snacks or cutting loose threads on clothing, and he told them so. He was promptly arrested, and unable to
explain himself sufficiently, he spent the night in jail.
Laws were changed a couple of years ago in response to several knife attacks. The maximum blade length that can be carried is something like 2.5
inches (I'm too lazy to look it up right now).
Japanese swords can be very difficult to bring back to the US, since you need documentation from the Japanese government (to make sure the sword
you're taking out isn't a cultural artifact), and I'm sure there's some procedures that need to be handled when you arrive back in the US. My friend
did go through all that with a sword that cost him about $6,000 if I remember correctly, and that was about average. He took classes in Japanese
Sakai (a little south of Osaka) is famous for manufacturing bladed tools including knives, swords, scissors, etc. and even has a sword-forging
exhibition a couple of times a year.
I don't think I saw where in Japan your son is going, but I'm sure he will enjoy it.
Ah, to be young and single again.
edit on 28-8-2013 by 3warped3 because: formatting