Chris further says: "...In Showa 16, for aby Chris Bowen
variety of reasons, the school closed and a new academy, the
Nihon To Gakuin, was opened on the grounds of the Imperial
Army's facility in Zama (Sobudai), Kanagawa Prefecture...."
Wish I had known that in 1990. I was stationed at Camp Zama and my office was in an old kendo dojo on the south camp where the foreign officer candidates trained. Sobudai was the Japanese Army Officer Academy, nicknamed "Sobudai."
Looks like the tsuba has been put back on the sword upside down and it is missing a couple of seppa also .
We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
Always a little further : it may be
Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
Across that angry or that glimmering sea...