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#1 DaveT

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 06:41 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Osaka TV today. The crew has flown to the UK to make a short program about the English Katchushi who makes his own odoshi and works for Japanese dealers. There was a lot to film and we covered the difference between sengoku and edo period armours, also the changes that took place in manufacturing after the teppo was introduced to the battlefield. We spent some time filming the process of making odoshi-ito and then a section on armour making and urushi.
I managed to get the message across that there is an obligation for a katchushi to restorer armour to the best of his/her ability and that such work preserves katchu for future generations. A sense of giri which is extended to the former samurai owners.

I felt this was an eye opener for the Japanese when they saw 30 armours they freaked out. We are certainly letting them know that there is a lot going on in the west. I was naughty and put some katchu "easter eggs" in should you be able to spot them.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:03 PM

Fantastic story, like that green furnished living room ..
Really big in Japan...


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:19 PM

It's my living room inside a Victorian house.
Art Deco fireplace has to remain I'm afraid as its grade 2 listed.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:19 PM

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:52 PM

Congratulations Dave.  Great to see some of your collection and well done for the programme.

 

All the best.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:53 PM

Just wow!


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 10:08 AM

Splendid Dave :)
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 12:28 PM

well done.


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 12:58 PM

Very well Done Dave - the world is at last beginning to recognise all the dedication and hard work you have put into the field of armour repair and conservation.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 01:04 PM

Great work and a fabulous collection.  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 02:42 PM

Lovely collection, nicely displayed.

 

Apart from those little extras, like boxes, lanterns, spears, swords, prints, the odd Netsuke etc., what sort of 'easter eggs' are you referring to? Hidden goodies, like a mannequin for example?

 

PS You do not light that fire, do you, or are the swords only there for the TV crew? :laughing:


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 03:21 PM

Lovely collection, nicely displayed.

 

Apart from those little extras, like boxes, lanterns, spears, swords, prints, the odd Netsuke etc., what sort of 'easter eggs' are you referring to? Hidden goodies, like a mannequin for example?

 

PS You do not light that fire, do you, or are the swords only there for the TV crew? :laughing:

Piers,
We have central heating now in the UK. No need to burn coal in the living room with 80% of the heat escaping up the chimney. 

Easter Eggs, little gifts to hunt for. Well here are a few.
The woodblock print on the wall is depicting a samurai taking a very smelly dump. They didn't notice. 
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I put the kyubi and sendan no ita on the Aka-Domaru on the wrong sides and one dou backwards.
I thought it would be funny for an educated katchu person in Japan to watch it and say, ah, stupid gaijin. Something that Felix Beato in 1856 would have encountered without knowing any better.   

There were some funny questions.

TV:
Is this room cold for a reason?
DT:
The heating is turned off during the day

TV:
Are all your customers in England?
DT:
Worldwide including Japan
TV:
Why Japan?
DT:
Because I'm good at what I do

TV:
What was your biggest surprise when buying an armour?
DT:
My wife divorcing me after she found out how much money I had spent

You kind of get the drift.


 


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 05:23 PM

*I like the print :laughing:
What is the one on the left holding up on a pole? Box for armour?


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 06:42 PM

Dave,

you're  the best.

 

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"If a Picture is worth a thousand words, your pictures are worth Millions".

Alton

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 07:16 PM

*I like the print :laughing:
What is the one on the left holding up on a pole? Box for armour?

Could be a box full of hatamoto brand toilet paper Brian?

Its a hitsu of some description for sure, maybe a tatami armour?


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 07:33 PM

Congratulation Dave and thanks a lot of sharing this incredible collection. I would really like to see what the Japanese TV is showing.

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 12:34 PM

Amazing display and amazing accomplishments. Thanks for sharing this, i would love to see the show especially with english. Cheers

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:04 AM

Re: Hokusai Manga. Love the little detail like the secret lovers' graffiti on the wall, and how he takes off his Zouri to step into the thunderbox, but keeps his swords tucked in!!!


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:34 AM

The 1810's period print by Hokusai is a textbook example of symbolic inversion says Katsuysa Hirano (2014). About the print entitled Privy, on page 113 he states "Hokusai tried to demonstrate the absurdity of the rigid ritualism and hierarchical values (of the Edo period) through this profane instant. In this illustration the retainer on the the left holds a travel trunk containing the lord's clothes. The middle retainer is the sandal bearer. The man in the black holds the highest rank of all, and is responsible for protecting his master indicated by his two swords. The iconography of the supposedly reverential behavior of loyalty to the master turns into that of ridiculousness, even irrationality... "

A fine read which I recommend:

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:59 PM

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Low res version that my urushi sensei found online
 

 


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:43 PM

Dave, just fabulous to watch your achievements.  The Odoshi machine is stunnink!!  Its all worth a watch, but for those short on time Dave's portion is from approx. 7:00 minutes to ~11:00.

 

WOW!!!

 

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:40 PM

Great Job Dave!!! Nicely displayed

 

"I put the kyubi and sendan no ita on the Aka-Domaru on the wrong sides and one dou backwards.
I thought it would be funny for an educated katchu person in Japan to watch it and say, ah, stupid gaijin."

 

I love your ability to tease even if the interview is still a pretty big deal. You've done your time and earned your badges... nothing to prove :)


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:38 AM

Congratulation Dave and thank you for showing that movie. I had fun looking it. Great work!


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