I've much appreciated the assistance of NMB members Wym Vanspeybrouck, Jussi Ekholm, David McDonald, Darcy Brockbank, K. Morita and Maurice_LMB in identifiying / translating the mei found in the Edo period oshigata notebook I've posted online at: http://hidensho.com/
With their help, the first 29 pages of the manuscript have been almost completely identified. Understandably though, this is a major undertaking for only a few people, and time can be hard to find.
To this point, I'll be taking another tack in seeking help. In this post I'll be uploading eight or so images from these first 29 pages of oshigata which have yet to be identified / translated. I invite any interested members to take a stab at identifying the smith / translating any available text (which may be difficult for some items, as the oshigata actually run under the binding area of the book... another confirmation this was an old scroll converted into book format).
After this -- about once a week or so -- I'll post one full-size page of the manuscript and invite group participation in identifying / translating the sword, smiths and text. Any information provided will be added to the project at hidensho.com and credited to the translator under their NMB username (unless privacy is requested)
At the suggestion of a specialist in antique documents, I'll be referring to this volume from now on as the "Nakamura Naoya Oshigata Notebook", as Nakamura Naoya is the earliest owner name listed on the cover page.
FYI, I'm also working on an article on this text / project for the JSSUS Newsletter.
As always, all help appreciated.
Oshigata #35 (Image and text run under binding), page 11, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-11/
Oshigata #38, page 11, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-11/
Text between oshigata #62 and #63, page 18, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-18/
Oshigata #67 (Image and text run under binding), page 19, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-19/ )
Oshigata #82 and #83, page 22, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-22/
Oshigata #87 (Image and text run under binding), page 23, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-23/
Oshigata #102 and #103, page 26, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-26/
Oshigata #106, page 27, direct link: http://hidensho.com/page-27