|Swordmanship (Kendo) Badges
In the official Bayonet Skills handbook published by the Ministry of the Army in 1934,
there is a single foldout page describing the Bayonet Army Proficiency badge.
There are three classes of this badge. The sizes are the same, but the use of gold gilt
1. NCO model. Gun, sword, [?], and reverse are gold. Mask, [?], and [?] are silver
2. First Class model.
Bayonet skills badge. Pure silver. Inscribed 'Showa 12 , Kwantung Army
Skills Tournament Commemorative.'
Nicely designed kendo badge. The reverse has an
insignia similar to the Imperial Guards', but it may be just
Inscribed '[??] Kendo Club, [Imperial Year] 2585 .'
Pure silver (26 grams) kendo (swordfighting) watch fob. The obverse has a samurai helmet and
a gold gilt kanji that stands for kendo.
Inscribed on the reverse '2nd National Student Federation Kendo Tournament, 6th Meiji Shrine
Tournament, Kendo Tournament Nagano Branch, [??] Commemorative.'
No date, but probably late 1920s or early 1930s. Fitted case.
Kendo (swordfighting) badge.
Inscribed on the reverse 'Cold Weather Practice Commemorative,
Sincere Intentions, 2587 , Ueda [??] Trade School Kendo Club.'
Regiment Bayonet Skills badge. Gold tint.
Inscribed 'Infantry 26th Regiment, Bayonet Skills
Tournament, Taisho 10 , March 12.'
Sword tsuba design with magatama.
Inscribed '2nd Japan University Kendo Tournament, Imperial Year 2572 .'
'Prize, Kure [Naval District] Education Unit.' The poem is a famous one
reading 'Tie your helmet straps tightly,' which means to prepare for
Navy kendo badge. This may be a post-war Self-Defense Forces item,
but I'm not sure.
The main badge is a two-piece construction. Nicely made.
Samurai helmet in high relief.
Inscribed 'Kansai Gakuin, Kendo Club, [Imperial Year]
Marked '1st Class' on the reverse.
No inscription, but the Imperial Guard infantry regiment insignia is at the top.
The figure is practicing jukendo, i.e., bayonet fighting.
The plant to the right is a laurel branch, symbolizing victory, so this was probably
an award badge given at a Guard tournament
Superbly designed kendo (Japanese Swordsmanship) badge. The design shows a serpent
entwined in a sword guard (tsuba).
Inscribed 'Waseda Kendo Club, Cold Weather Training, [Imperial Year] 2583 .'
High school kendo club tournament badge.
Tsuba (sword guard) design. The kanji for 'kendo' is at the top right. Inscribed 'Japan
Dental University Kendo Club, [Imperial Year] 2593,' which is 1933.
Tsuba (sword guard) design. The kanji for 'kendo' is at the top left. Inscribed
'Japan Dental University Kendo Club, [Imperial Year] 2592,' which is 1932.
Samurai battle mask design. The kanji for 'kendo' is at the bottom right. Inscribed 'Fall Tournament, Japan Dental
University Kendo Club, [Imperial Year] 2592,' which is 1932. Hallmarked sterling silver.
Late war aluminum Imperial Army Sword Fighting (Kendo) Proficiency Skills badge.
'Award from the 7th Infantry Regiment.'
'Kendo Skill Merit Award from the 9th Infantry Regiment.'
'Award document. Army Infantry 4th Regiment 5th Company. Army Sergeant Shinomiya [??]. A Record of Winning the
Bayonet Tournament. Taisho 14  January 20. Imperial Army Infantry 4th Regiment Commander Miki Shutaro.'
Kendo (swordfighting) watch fob in the shape of a blade
'Kendo, Tokyo [??] High School, [Imperial Year] 2598
'Kendo. Agricultural College. 18th Kendo
Tournament. 2587 .'
Porcelain sake cup, hand-painted.
'Award, Bayonet Skills. 7th Company.'
The obverse has kanji reading 'martial arts'
and a silver gilt cherry blossom, along with
some petals. The reverse reads '4th National
Kendo Tournament. Ground Self-Defense
Forces 1957.' There is also the SDF emblem.
Kendo (sword) and jukendo (bayonet) tournament
award badge given by the 49th Infantry Regiment.
Hallmarked sterling silver.
The stylized gold kanji on the obverse reads 'kendo.'
Inscribed 'Hitotsubashi Kendo Tournament. [Imperial Year] 2597 .'
The shape of the badge is that of a sword guard (tsuba).
Inscribed '[??] Match. [Imperial Year] 2594 .'
The stylized gold kanji on the obverse of the left badge reads 'kendo.'
Inscribed 'Middle School. [Imperial Year] 2593 .'
Inscribed 'Hitotsubashi Kendo Club. [Imperial Year] 2596 .'