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  1. Hi Richard, I see no one has taken the time to answer your inquiry. I have shipped 8 sword shipments to the US in the past three months using EMS postal shipments. Depending on the destination the shipping time varies from five days (New York) to ten to twelve days out in the boonies.... but so far no serious obstacles. Depending on the destination, there may be a delay of four or five days but deliveries are being made. However, EMS out of Japan to other countries is now very difficult. Europe is pretty much at a standstill. Best, Robert
  2. Greetings sword friends! Here is an update pertaining to the DTI for 2022! (Subject to change depending upon circumstances) The All Japan Commercial Sword Dealer's Association is planning on holding the Dai Token Ichi on Friday November 18th, Saturday November 19th, and Sunday November 20th. The pre-DTI sword study session that I manage will be held on Wednesday evening, November 16th. Depending upon how things look in autumn regarding entry issues to Japan and the number of overseas visitors, then I might set up another Yakatabune party event as we need a little celebration in our lives! Usually I arrange the Yakatabune Party on Friday night after the first day of DTI mania.... Updates will be posted on my Keichodo Fine Samurai Art Facebook group and I will also post details on NMB for the general membership.
  3. 2022年度 NBTHK Shinsa Dates And New Procedure for Shinsa Submission Greetings sword friends! I thought it worthwhile to post an update regarding NBTHK shinsa procedures as they have evolved a bit. Mostly, it is about advanced preparation to be eligible to submit items into shinsa. Previously, you could just show up on the days for shinsa submission and drop off the items. Now it requires pre-registration! See below! I previously made this announcement on my new Keichodo Fine Samurai Art Facebook group (check it out), but will continue to make announcements for the NMB as well. NBTHK new requirements: Items for shinsa submission must be pre-registered during the month preceding shinsa. If you fill out shinsa forms by hand, these have to be submitted prior to the 10th day of the month preceding shinsa. If you fill out the forms on-line, these have to be submitted prior to the 25th of the preceding month. April Tokubetsu Juyo 27th shinsa (submission days for items April 4-6) May Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon fittings (submission days for items May 9-11) June Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon swords (submission days for items June 1-3) August Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon fittings (submission days for items Aug. 1-3) September Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon swords (submission days for items Sept. 5-7) October Juyo Shinsa (68th) (submission dates Oct. 3-5) November Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon fittings (submission days for items Nov. 7-9) December Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon swords (submission days for items Dec. 5-7) February Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon fittings (submission days for items Feb. 1-3) March Hozon/Tokubetsu Hozon swords (submission days for items March 1-3)
  4. Dear friends, It is heartwarming to see the concern felt for Guido. Please keep him in your thoughts and meditations. However, it seems the rumor mill was spinning recently regarding his situation. Guido was given follow-up surgery in December to relieve pressure that was still being exerted on his brain. The situation is still dire as there are few signs of improvement other than some eye activity and some wrist movement, but these small signs are positive. It is not known where this will lead and whether any rehabilitation can be effective. Sadly, I have nothing more to report at this time, but if I receive any developmental news, I will certainly keep our community informed. Best Regards, Robert
  5. Hi Stephen, Wise is very efficient. However, you will have to have the precise name and details that are registered with the domestic account you are transferring to in Japan. Wise actually executes the domestic transfer in Japan. Any variation in the name, order of name, etc. will prevent the transfer from going through because it is a computer transfer. For example, if the account name is in kanji, you will have to use those kanji. If it is a non-Japanese name in katakana, then you will have to use katakana. Whoever you are sending funds to can give you the exact information and you can copy and past it into the Wise on-line transfer form. Good luck with your transfer.... Best, Robert
  6. Hi Brian No ... not so far.... nothing positive to share.... I will reach out to Minako to find out if there have been any developments. Best, Robert
  7. Greetings sword friends, I am reporting a sad, serious state of affairs here related to our German friend Guido Schiller. I have just spoken with Guido's wife, Minako, and she said Guido has been in intensive care in Germany since some time in October. The stroke has robbed him of speech and mobility. At this point, the physicians have not indicated prognosis, other than it is going to take time. Some friends had contacted me because their mail to Guido went unanswered and now we know why. Please send positive cosmic energy to Guido. NMB still needs his dry and clever wit! Best, Robert Hughes
  8. Greetings sword collecting friends! Although the DTI is cancelled this year, the cooperating dealers had already made preparations for an on-line catalog for the event prior to cancellation. The decision was made to publish the on-line catalog and interested parties can contact the dealers to find out about the featured pieces. Not quite the same as attending the DTI in all its glory and excitement but paging through the on-line catalog might bring you a little satisfaction. The PDF version is too large (119 pages) to attach here so go directly to the website and download a version for your viewing pleasure. https://www.zentosho.com/daitoukenichi/ Click the big red panel in the middle of the page (it has a PDF designation) Best Wishes Robert Hughes Member: Keichodo All Japan Commercial Sword Dealer's Association
  9. 2021 Dai Token Ichi Cancelled Sadly, yesterday (Sept. 28th) at a board meeting of the Zentosho Kumiai Directors (All Japan Commercial Sword Dealer's Association) the decision was made to cancel the Dai Token Ichi for this year. The decision was not made lightly as many sword aficionados in Japan and around the world were following this closely with the expectation it would brighten up the mood among collectors of samurai treasures. The venue management was concerned about social distancing, pandemic cluster issues, and negative publicity. It made little sense to compromise the event by trying to regulate crowd movement within the exhibition/sale hall. Sorry for those who planned to attend. Let's hope we can enjoy the event in 2022! Best Robert Hughes Member All Japan Commercial Sword Dealer's Association
  10. Hi John, If you go back to the last katana koshirae I posted and click on the photo enlarge it, you will see a similar style. This is commonly referred to as "tsuishu" but the terminology varies in different localities. There are many different color combinations, but usually done in three distinct colors. e.g.. green, black, and gold. I will post a few more.... Best, Robert
  11. Last wakizashi of the day.... this one has a brown gloss saya and a silk kincha wrap..... Best, Robert
  12. Another wakizashi....just for contrast. The saya finish is a mottled dull red with black with a jabara maki tsuka with exposed menuki. Best, Robert
  13. Here is a regal wakizashi for your viewing pleasure. The majestic color of the jabara maki is best described as Byzantine purple. While the saya is finished in black ishime which is reminiscent of the porous surface of a stone..... Best, Robert
  14. Hi everyone, I have time to add a few more custom order koshirae projects for your viewing pleasure . I neglected to mention that the clients supplied their own period fittings for all these projects. The next koshirae is an attention seeker with exposed solid gold botan menuki set off with red samegawa and black ito. The saya finish is tsuishu with a red base and black and gold veins. Best, Robert
  15. Greetings everyone! Thank you for the compliments. All the work to create these koshirae is done by trained Japanese artisan/tradespeople. I just handle the project from start to finish. I have been involved in such project work in Japan since 1986 when I needed to get my own blades set up in koshirae for training. Every year, I would help my sword acquaintances get several koshirae made but I didn't aggressively promote this business as I have been teaching in Japanese universities and colleges for over forty years. At 65, I will face mandatory retirement from my university, so I am now thinking about expanding this service as the next stage of my employment in Japan. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of all the projects due to time limitations, but I have many that will serve as a kind of catalog. If you have a project, feel free to discuss it with me through my e-mail address: keichodo@yahoo.com... P.S. Axel....the sageo knot is a known variant in Japan.... not sure exactly what the name is..... keep checking sources and you will likely find it... it is too nice for me just to make it up myself.... I will post a few more koshirae when I have time but this week will be busy at university.... Best, Robert
  16. Okay.....one more for today..... This koshirae has a white jabaramaki tsuka with a black lacquered samesaya.... It is not so easy to find such large ray skins these days.... but I have a few ready to go! Best, Robert
  17. Just in case anyone is interested, here an itomaki tachigoshirae I did for a client about twenty years ago.... The ito was kincha jabaramaki... The lacquer was red with gold tsuishu...although it is hard to see the gold veins throughout the lacquer...in hand it was stunning especially the way the one well-placed high relief gold lacquer mitsudomoe mon.... sets it off....... This package was about yen 450,000 at that time...... Best, Robert
  18. Hi John, Yes, I have set up a few.... Sadly, I didn't take photos of many of them... Check out the attached pictures. The lacquer is a gloss brown which doesn't come out very well under the lighting. The tsukamaki is in kincha jabaramaki style..... in hand it looked quite spectacular. Best, Robert
  19. Keep up the compliments and I will keep up the flow of custom koshirae images... This next one is Higo style with a partial inryo kesami style saya done in red ishime finish... The tsuka has black and red lacquered ray skin and is wrapped in green suede leather..... All the fittings were antique pieces..... Best, Robert
  20. Thanks for the above compliments guys! Here is another custom koshirae done in fuemaki style but this one alternates between flat black and gloss black rings on the saya which gives a little more contrast. Best, Robert Hughes
  21. Greetings sword mavens, I just got back one my client's custom koshirae and thought I would share it with you. The client provided all the fittings and the koshirae was then created from scratch... The lacquer style for the saya is called fuemaki and consists of black rings. It is a nice visual alternative to the standard and conventional black gloss finish commonly seen. I have photographs of over thirty custom koshirae that I have coordinated for a variety of clients. I am putting together a catalog to entice interest. If you would like to see more....let me know! 1) wood foundation/tsuka and saya 2) antiqued ray skin 3) standard silk wrap 4) saya fuemaki lacquer work 5) tsunagi wooden dummy blade The price for this particular koshirae came to yen 222,000.... Best, Robert Hughes
  22. Thanks Tom! You know how shy I am..... until the liquid courage kicks in.....
  23. Hi Tom.... Thanks for bringing this to the attention of others ...... I didn't want to post it myself.....in the budo spirit of humility..... even though it would serve as powerful advertising... Many, many hours go into the preparatory and planning stages....then a day in on-site planning for story continuity... and then the big day filming which lasted from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There were many retakes due to outside noise interference of general traffic and tourism in Kamakura. Actually, we shot around two hours of content that was whittled down to fifteen minutes. Lots of historical overview and some mistakes were edited out......and most of my humorous quips got a quick cutting test....... The final stage is the tedious editing done professionally by a talented professional in Kamakura, Mr. Oe who deserves credit for both his camera work and his editing skill. I hope NMB folks enjoy this.... It took a lot of work.... Can we move it so it starts an original thread as the Soshu tradition it might get overlooked attached to the bottom of Guido's ego....I mean thread....? Best, Robert
  24. Tombo, All the times we have been drinking together and I never heard this anecdote before... or perhaps the tale was told and erased due to the volume of nihonshu.... I love it! Not just the act of the donation but the great story it became.... Yours in dudism, Another Lebowski, Robert
  25. The author is quite a controversial figure in California where he resides...... Caveat emptor..... Best, Robert
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