From the Japan Now and Then blog on October 29, two swords missing from the Shousouin Imperial Repository at Nara since December 26, 769 AD, have been identified as two found under the Great Buddha at Nara in 1907 - here's links the story in the Mainichi Daily News and the Yomiuri Shimbun. More pictures of the Shousouin can be found here.
I hope my mislaid box of 35mm slides shows up more quickly than those swords...
Speaking of swords, Thrales Rapper are having a weekend of dance while I'm teaching in Surrey/Kent, so hopefully I'll get to go along on the Sunday - link to photos from last year here.
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