A very nice katana by the shinshinto smith Henmi Yoshitaka. Henmi Kaisai Yoshitaka was a descendant of Bizen smiths. He studied under the swordsmith the Tenryushi Masataka in Settsu, and then returned to Okayama three years later. He also studied carving from from Okayama’s Shoami Katsuyoshi. He became very popular as a sculptor and won the first prize gold cup at the exposition in 1887. He presented a tachi to Emperor Taisho and also gave a sculpture of a large dragon to the Haguro Shrine in Kurashiki City.