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    Let me kick the iaido forum off by asking if anybody has ever had any trouble with red tape and those nice customs people when trying to carry a live blade in or out of Japan...In the next issue of Kendo-World, Trevor Jones (our iai guru) is doing an article on all the things you have to do to take a live blade in or out of the country. Last night, he was telling us (over a few beers) of some horror stories of blades going missing at customs etc. etc. Has anybody else out there had in interesting experiences in this department?

    Alec

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    I visited last year and had no problem going into Japan or leaving England. All I needed to leave England was proof of my martial arts background, i.e. club licence, and the girl on the desk at Matsuyame didnt bat an eyelid when I said I had an iaito in my cases.
    Going back I was 'jumped' on for having two iaito, yes iaito not proper swords! A string of customs people came and went until eventually their boss came, dropped a magnet onto the swords and said they were o.k. and why were they bothering him with this type of thing!

    Tim

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    • #3
      hm.. carrying swords.. isnt there some permit you can get for that, like carrying guns?.. I mean they have to have one for swords, since most people cant deflect bullets with a sword. (but if your going against a shotgun, then your screwed, but I dont think your allowed to carry a shotgun with you). I'd rather be able to carry swords around than a gun. With guns my accuracy sucks and I cant even use them properly.. I'm against guns, but not swords. restore the Tokugawa era for life!!! hm? I didnt say anything! ^_^x'

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      • #4
        Hi all,

        I do not practice Iai yet, but hope to in the next few weeks. Anyways, when I went to the local Dojo for me(Kenshikan, Melb), I was told that eventually when I am able to use a shinken, you can't take them into Japan, even if you buy it from Japan, then bring it out, it is difficult to take it back in.

        Bunkai

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bunkai
          Hi all,

          I do not practice Iai yet, but hope to in the next few weeks. Anyways, when I went to the local Dojo for me(Kenshikan, Melb), I was told that eventually when I am able to use a shinken, you can't take them into Japan, even if you buy it from Japan, then bring it out, it is difficult to take it back in.

          Bunkai
          well I cant use mine then. lol i have 2 swords, both sharp.. I guess they have to stay in the US, but I dont plan on bringing them anywheres.. heh

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kenshin Himura
            well I cant use mine then. lol i have 2 swords, both sharp.. I guess they have to stay in the US, but I dont plan on bringing them anywheres.. heh
            R Deyz evenz worthz takingz out of da countryz??????????????????????

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            • #7
              I heard on the news one time of a guy actually carrying a Katana out in the open at Logan Airport in Boston. He walked around casually with it. Don't know if it was in his hand or in his belt. But not too long, police arrived and arrested him.

              He must have just saw Kill Bill when Uma had her Katana on the plane and walking around the airport casually with her Katana.

              Just kidding bout him seeing the movie. This incident happened shortly after 9/11. He must have been paranoid and thought he should defend himself at all costs.
              Last edited by Ren Blade; 28th January 2004, 11:49 PM.

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              • #8
                *shrugs* unless he was dillusional and thought it was the Tojugawa or Bakumatsu (sp?) era. lol

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                • #9
                  you made a typo Kenshin Himura tokugawa....^^ maybe he had a license to carry one and they jsut didn't know... or maybe he was an Assasin

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                  • #10
                    Even a person with a license wouldn't walk around with it exposed for all to see.

                    I've been told that people who transport shinkens by plane have theirs in a rifle case with a couple of pad locks on them. Let the agent know what you have, open it and let them look at it. Then close it and repad lock it and have it load in cargo. But that's within the U.S. So probably within it's not a problem as long as you're upfront and honest. It sounds harder for a JSArtist to transport it from country to country.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ren Blade
                      Even a person with a license wouldn't walk around with it exposed for all to see.

                      I've been told that people who transport shinkens by plane have theirs in a rifle case with a couple of pad locks on them. Let the agent know what you have, open it and let them look at it. Then close it and repad lock it and have it load in cargo. But that's within the U.S. So probably within it's not a problem as long as you're upfront and honest. It sounds harder for a JSArtist to transport it from country to country.
                      I would be interested to know what the regulations are regarding to carrying swords within Japan. I have been told that it is an offence in Japan to carry a shinai in public if it is not in a shinai-bag. What's the deal with swords?

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