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#1 Grey Doffin

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 05:04 PM

Hi guys,

3 sword study groups in the west: The Japanese Sword Society of the US, The NBTHK American Branch, and The NBTHK European Branch have pooled resources to translate from Japanese to English and publish what will become a very important reference on the history of sword fittings.

 

TOSOGU CLASSROOM

 

 

For 18 years, noted author and scholar Fukushi Shigeo wrote a monthly article on Tosogu (sword fittings) titled “Toso: Tosogu Shogaku Kyoshitsu” that appeared in the NBTHK's “Token Bijutsu”. Our 5 volume book Tosogu Classroom is a translation of the complete 18 year run. As a whole, these 5 volumes will present today's understanding of the history of Tosogu and easily will be the most comprehensive treatment of the subject ever in English.

Volume 1 is hardbound with a dust jacket, 8 ½ x 11”, and more than 500 pages of text with hundreds of black & white pictures. It includes an introduction to fittings, materials, design, surface treatment, carving, inlay, coloring, early tsuba (both iron and kinko), and begins a discussion of artists and schools who worked in iron, going into great detail on the artists and the work they produced. Volume 2 continues the discussion of iron, volumes 3 & 4 cover Kinko, and volume 5 will be illustrations in color. This is a great reference at a great price; don't miss out.

 

The 5 volumes are being released serially (Volume 1 is available currently; we hope to have all 5 out by the end of 2017) and for the next few months only to members of the 3 organizations and at cost of printing plus post.  If you are a member of one of these 3 you can buy one set at cost: $40 plus post each for volumes 1 to 4 and $80 plus post for the color Volume 5.  Midway through 2017 anyone can buy the volumes for $60 each for 1 to 4 and $120 for #5.

Again, you must be a member to get the member price, members can purchase only 1 set at the member price, and non members won't be able to buy any of the volumes until sometime in 2017.  After you have joined one of the groups contact the group for instructions to buy the books.  If you join the JSS/US (jssus.org) you can contact me (grey at japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com) for instructions.

I have read all 5 volumes and can highly recomment the set; you won't be disappointed.

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#2 Greg F

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 12:56 AM

Well done to all involved! Very good prices for such an important study opportunity, thanks Grey and everyone responsible.

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:29 PM

Well, I guess this convinces me to renew my JSS/US membership, Grey!

 

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#4 Grey Doffin

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 05:44 PM

That's the idea Ken.  The savings on the 5 volumes more than pays for your membership, plus your membership gives us funds so we can go out and do new projects like this one.  Everybody wins; everybody should join in.

Thanks,  Grey


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#5 Jussi Ekholm

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 06:01 PM

It will be a good set, can't wait for my copy. :)

 

Also in my opinion JSS/US Newsletter gives more than enough content for your membership fee. There are always great articles and the special numbers like the last one on ko-Kinkō fittings are great reading.


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Posted 02 December 2016 - 11:46 AM

Hi Grey,

 

I am a member of the JSSUS. Should I contact Harry Watson for further instruction on ordering/shipping?

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 02:50 PM

Hi Stephan,

You should soon receive your copy of the 6th JSS/US Newsletter for 2016, this being the color issue on Ko Kogai.  Inside you will find an insert with instructions for ordering the Fukushi books.  If you don't get the Newsletter let me know, but I think you will have it before long.

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 12:08 AM

Hi Grey,

Thanks for your reply. I got my copy earlier this week but have not yet read it. Will read it this weekend.

Stephan

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#9 Pete Klein

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:18 AM

I just received the first volume and it's a tome!  Absolutely amazing.  Markus did a fantastic job!

 

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 10:02 AM

My copy arrived today. I think this will become a standard reference work in English language regarding tosogu. It's projects like this that make it easier for people to get into this hobby, tearing down the language barrier.
Really an amazing job! The pictures could've been better, but that's understandable, seeing Markus didn't have access to the originals and seeing it's a Lulu publication. Otherwise the cost would've been a lot higher. 

This one gives you a lot of bang for your buck! (to use a colloquialisme). Sorry for the poor mobile pictures, but I hope they give you an idea about the wealth of info in this publication!

So everyone out there reaping the benefits of these publications, join a Japanese Sword Society and pitch in! A big thank you to Markus but also the various donators needed for this project and Mr Grey Doffin for proof reading!

 

 

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#11 Guido Schiller

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 10:12 AM

I already ordered (and paid for ;-)) all volumes in the series, and am waiting for the first to arrive. I especially like that Markus uses macrons in his transcriptions, makes it a lot easier to pronunce the Japanese words correctly; sadly this is something that most translations lack :(.



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Posted 15 December 2016 - 10:46 AM

Mines arrived but has been hidden away for Christmas :( 

At least I can lose myself in it over the holiday if the family joviality becomes too much!!

From what little I have seen Markus has done his usual excellent job. For non  fittings people like me this is probably the one reference work I need to include in my rather blade dominated library.

Thank you JSSUS and NBTHK EU for supporting this and Markus for the superb result. I look forward to the rest


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:08 PM

I'll be ordering one too as soon as funds are available. Very worthwhile, and a must have.


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#14 Markus

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 11:25 PM

I already ordered (and paid for ;-)) all volumes in the series, and am waiting for the first to arrive. 

 

Quick check with Lulu, your first volume was shipped on Dec 8. Not sure what's the nearest printing partner for orders from/to Japan but hope that the book arrives soon.

 

 

And thank you all guys, and Grey for being so patient with my English ;) We are working hard on the next volumes.



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Posted 16 December 2016 - 01:52 AM

Thanks for the update, Markus, but that wasn't meant as a kind of subtle reminder to you, just a subtle stab at those who had you waiting for payment for your last translating project (Nobuie).

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:00 AM

No worries Guidio, I knew that you didn't want to put pressure on me but I was curious myself about if your copy has been shipped already or if it was still marked as "processing". 



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:50 PM

Just received my copy today. Unfortunately it has to wait to next year until I can really get into it but of course I had to take a sneak peek. I can share the opinion that was posted above, this is spectacular work and the full set will be an amazing series to have. :clap:


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Posted 21 January 2017 - 03:48 AM

Pete Klein said this was a good book, but I was a bit blown away by this.

Vol. 1 is an excellent tome.

 

If I had this 15 years ago, learning would have been so much easier. Born too early!

This is flying below peoples radar, and really shouldn't.

It is sort of the kodogu collector's Nagayama c.2017


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#19 Henry Wilson

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 07:22 AM

non members won't be able to buy any of the volumes until sometime in 2017.


Any updates on this?
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Posted 21 January 2017 - 03:55 PM

Hi Henry,

I believe it will be March before non members can buy the books at 150% of cost but since membership in the JSS/US costs significantly less than that extra 50% there is no reason not to join and order the books now.  Once you have joined send me an email and I'll tell you what you need to do to place the order.

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

What is the shipped price to South Africa and how do I order Grey? Do I need to email you?


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Posted 21 January 2017 - 08:19 PM

Hi Brian,

I am not in charge of shipping the books so I can't answer your 1st question.  This is being published print on demand so the nearest to you print shop affiliated with the company will print and ship, which should make post for everyone reasonable.

If you are a member of one of the 3 sponsoring organizations (JSS/US, NBTHK/AB, NBTHK/EB) please send an email for ordering instructions.

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 08:48 PM

Yes, I'm JSSUS. Will email in the week and find out. Probably ship from Europe or US, nothing closer.


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#24 Henry Wilson

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 02:16 AM

I don't mean to be obnoxious but financially this is how I understand it:

I want volumes 1 and 2.
By the end of March they will cost $60x2
Total=$120.

To join JSSUS costs $65
Book member price is $40x2= $80.
Total =$145.
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#25 Grey Doffin

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 06:44 AM

No problem Henry,

March is the date for non members and as soon as I know non member's copies will be available I'll post it here.

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:48 AM

Grey,

 

do you know when Volume 2 will be out? I received volume 1 in early December and wonder when the next volume is available.

Thanks,

Stephan


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:02 PM

Hi Stephan,

It is in the works but I don't know when it will be available.  Since I am the one who is proofing/editing I can tell you that the extended section on Choshu is complete and I have seen other material that follows but how much is left and when it will be ready for release, I don't know.

Grey






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