Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi
Miyamoto Musashi was the greatest swordsman (1584-1645) in history. He used 2 swords at the same time and never lost in more than 60 battles. Legends have it that he fought with his sword when he was 13 years old for the first time. He fought Sasaki Kojiro at Ganryujima Island in 1612 in his last fight. There are many legends about the duel at the island. It is believed that he delayed getting to the island over an hour from the appointed time. Kojiro got angry waiting for Musashi, and couldn't recover his composure. When Musashi finally appeared and Kojiro drew his sword, he threw his sheath away. Then Musashi said, “You are lost, Kojiro. Those who need no sheath are those who will die.” And the words were true.

Ganryu-jima (formally Funa-jima is an island in Japan located between Honshu and Kyushu, and accessible via ferry from Shimonoseki Harbor. It is famous for the duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro. The small island was named for its boat-like appearance, and later became to be called the Ganryu kenjutsu school Kojiro had founded.

On the island are a few monuments as well as facilities for public gatherings such as an annual tug-of-war. Along the west coast is a walking path, while the other side remains fenced off.

Furniture designed and inspired by Japanese samurai "Musashi." There are 24 items in this "Musashi" series.