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As soon as word gets out, you (all) will be knocking on my door, all hours of the day and night, with all sorts of ridiculous excuses like "Hey, I, uh, need to cut down the really tall grass behind my house! Can I borrow the naginata?!?" And I'll never see her again.
Or ... something like that...
My husband read the description for me, as I cannot read kanji. Something about the artifact was 'registered' in 1952. This might imply that it cannot be taken out of Japan as it is considered an antiquity. We have e-mailed the info@ address to see if this is the case. Will let you know if we get a response.
Now I'm never going to get the tall grass behind my house mowed down!
The company e-mailed us back, the artifact can be removed from Japan but must first 'be registered' so expect the purchase to take from 5 days up to maybe 3 weeks. Not enough details for us to know exactly what this registration entails.
The company also would like to point out this naginata is of 'artistic value' and they do NT recommend treating it as a cutting implement.
$28M seems a unbelieveably high amount, although that is what the page says; because when it comes to Japanese arts and antiquities, 340 years is not that old. Maybe something else very special about the naginata?