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#1 grnamin

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 05:29 AM

Greetings! I searched for this first before posting, but couldn't find anything. What is the donut-shaped object hanging from this samurai's uwa-obi?

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#2 Greg F

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 07:21 AM

Hi Greg this was discussed recently but for the life of me I cant remember what it was. Something to do with archery maybe. My memory (lack of)is just frustrating .

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#3 Greg F

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 07:24 AM

Actually I think it is the string holder.

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 07:58 AM

Thank you, Greg. Makes sense that the bow string would be in a spool. Search of bow string holder brings up "tsurumaki" which is, indeed, donut shaped.
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#5 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:51 PM

Correct. At least one spare is carried in the tsurumaki. They continued to be worn with the armour symbolically long after the role of archers had waned, as too the Gyo-yo.


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#6 grnamin

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

I came here just for nihinto and now I find yoroi and its accoutrements just as interesting.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:03 PM

Fishing line..he he.
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#8 grnamin

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:08 PM

Fishing line..he he.


LOL! I thought the same thing the first time I saw it.

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#9 IanB

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 12:25 PM

The above image is a little unusual in that the tachi or katana is often shown pushed through the tsurumaki. Today, kyudo practitioners still use them for carrying spare strings.

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#10 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 02:02 PM

The ones we use in our teppotai hang from the usually kidney-shaped Koshi-ate (not evident in that painting) for the tachi.


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