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  1. Japanese Armor Room - High Fidelity 

     

    I tried putting my A-9 Towers in my Armor Room as a second Audio System.

    NOBSOUND TUBE  Pre Amp with replicated Marantz Model 7 internals. McIntosh  Amplifier.  :) Martin Logan XL-15's in the background. They sound "Plush", but, still sounds good. 

    I got so much Japanese stuff in my Rooms. This is my Armor and Oribe Ceramics room. Now, the floor is full of Mizusashi Water Jars...  :o

     

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  2. Japanese Ceramics - Natural Glazed from Excavations

     

    I have read that there are many Natural Glazed items found at the various excavation sites throughout Japan.

    I was curious to see what these early ceramic pieces look like.

    Many can be bought on the internet, and, the cost seem relatively low, but, it's probably because there are so abundant.

    Another reason, might be, that they are not "real" artifacts.. ???

    I have one medium size jar, one that seems to be an ewer, and, 4 Yamachawans, ( Mountain Tea Bowls ).. only 3 are shown.

     

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  3. Japanese Ceramics - Flight from Seto Mountain

     

    Of all the Japanese ceramic pieces I like/buy, I love Seto/Mino .

    I try to read and watch everything about the history and items made, especially the early periods of development.

    There are so many aspects and details, and, to find and gather all the facts to establish what really did happen and how things came to be.

    One is the "MOMOYAMA ' period Tea Bowls that look similar  the Edo period Ao Oribe Tea Bowls. 

    I believe many ceramic enthusiast are fascinated by these "Less than perfect" bowls, and, like Koto Blades, no one seems to know how they were made or came to be what they are/look like. 

    These early bowls have several " factors " that can have their own discussions in it's self.

     

    One period that  I want to learn more from is "What exactly happen and what changes, or, exchanges ( between the Seto and Mino Potters) took place during that time.

    It is

    " Flight from Seto Mountain " and "Summons to the Kilns "

     

    " During the Warring States period many potters fled Seto for Mino in order to escape the war, as the term "Seto-yama-risan (Flight from Seto mountain)" suggests, where they received protection under the policies of Oda Nobunaga. Bowls and decorative plates with the distinctive style of Seto ware, Oribe, Shino and Ki-seto have been discovered in the remains of Mino's kilns from this period. 
    Upon entering the Edo period, the potters who had left Seto as part of the "Seto-yama-risan" returned to Seto region once again. The Owari branch of the Tokugawa family summoned the potters back to Seto as part of the so-called "Kamadoya-yobimodoshi (Summons to the kilns)", and the Seto area flourished once more.  "
     

    I forgot  what book or website I got this Quote from... :(

    Added :  This is the website for that paragraph above :

    https://Japanese-ceramics.com/seto-ware/

     

  4. Stuff I Made - Malachite, Amboyna Burl, Pink Ivory

     

    Cue collector's cues, that I was fortunate to make their "Joint Protectors " . Crown Cue Caps. 

     

    " It's easier to be the first guy, than the second guy trying to copy the first guy "   Alton Takata - Cue Caps  :laughing:

     

    Malachite  " WINGS II " , by great CNC Cuemaker Thomas Wayne.

    Silver Wire inlaying. 

     

    8 Point Ebony/ Amboyna Burl Cue by the Hall of Fame cuemaker Bill Schick.  Bill uses a Pantograph for his inlay work. No CNC involved.  

     

    Awesome/Pretty Cue - African Pink Ivory Wood cue by Keith Josey. I read, at one time, only Kings could posses this wood. Penalty for others was death. :wow:

     

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  5. Semi Precious Stones - Sugitite , Light Denum Lapis, Charoite

     

    Fleur de lis ,  Sugilite and Light Blue/Denim Lapis 

    Sugilite  was first discovered in 1944 by a Japanese petrologist named Ken-ichi Sugi, which is where it gets its unique name.

    Sugilite and Light Blue Lapis 

     

    Charoite and Light Blue/Denim Lapis by the great Tad Kohara

     

    " I don't make the Cues,

    I just help make the Cues look better" - Alton Takata :laughing:

     

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  6. Stuff I Make - CNC Inlaying - Pocket Billiard Pool Cues - Exotic Stones

     

     I wanted to start doing inlays in my " CUE CAPS ". Cue CAPS is a name

    I made up in the early/mid 1990's.

    Cue Caps are, what the billiard industry call " Joint Protectors ".

     

    Joint Protectors screw on and over the exposed threaded screw and covers  the internally threaded hole in the upper "Shaft" section on the two piece billiard Pool cue.

     

    I bought a bench Top 4 Axis CNC Milling Machine and the CAD/ CAM

    Post Processing Software and started to learn how to do custom shape inlays to match high $$ Collectable, "Functional Art" Custom Pocket Billiard Pool Cues.

     

    I made some and showed them, and, collectors started to contact me and asked me if I could make a Crown Cue Cap Set to match their cues.

    I have to look at the Cue's design and materials and create the drawings/tool paths and bring all that to a "Machine Language" and then, in many machine processes, I create my Cue Caps.

     

    I got more Japanese Ceramic post that I wanted to post, but, I thought I'd take a break and show you these Cue Caps. 

     

    I will start showing you my favorite Caps that I made for collectors, these with Semi precious stones..  Today,  Turquoise :

     

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  7. Japanese Tea Bowl - Mino Tea Bowl Damage

     

    I had to accept/keep  the broken Mino tea bowl because the cost for the return shipping and insurance would be too high and I would not be compensated for that. 

    But, if the returned box with the broken tea bowl was lost in the shipping, I would loss again.

    So, I just will have to take the lost.

    The seller told me that it was the shipper's fault, and, PayPal would not honor the Buyer protection if I had "Refused acceptance" even if I tell the carrier guy the box is smashed and can heat the pieces rattling inside. 

    Plus, the seller's wife would lose out too. And, she had nothing to do with the mailing.

    So, loser all the way. LOL   :laughing:

     

    This green on this tea bowl , and, the other Green tea bowl with the Plovers, have a tinge of blue in the greens. 

    The other green Mino bowls I bought form the seller had the greens as seen on most /other AO Oribe items..

    I have seem books refer "AO Oribe" as " BLUE Oribe". 

     

    I started gluing the cracked pieces together and will start adding in the gold filling in the cracks.

     

    I am not mad at the seller.

    Please do not spread this story around.

    The seller has a wife and maybe a family.

    This is just for our info.. 

    One of the reasons I do not want to post this in the main NMB

    sections..  :)

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  8. Japanese Tea Bowl - 400 Year Old Conclusion

     

    After reviewing all " confidence " the seller put in the Tea Bowl listings, I still do not think these are  " 400 year old Mino " bowls.

    For me, I bought them because these potters/makers made  bowls that I like.

    Actually, the seller had a nice selections of the kind of tea bowls I wanted at the time, and, under 150 dollars.

    Small price to pay for the maker's share and the seller's profit.

    That is why I am not worried about this being real " 400 year old bowls. "

     

    One thing happen, and, happen to this one  bowl I bought from him..

    The box was flimsy and the bowl was not well packed for a 400 year old tea bowl.

    Oh well....  LOL 

     

    Ao-Oribe Chawan of  Early Edo Period

    " Distorted 'shoe' shaped (Kutsugata) tea bowl with a rounded brim,  made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.

    The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potter's knife in its lower part and around the foot ring.

    This bowl was covered with a green copper oxide glaze.

    On one side a window left unglazed and covered with a thin transparent ash glaze under which hoshigaki (persimmons hanging from a roof in winter for drying) and some square devices to scare birds off (this is the most popular interpretation) were painted in iron oxide.

    The foot ring is in a shape frequently found on shards excavated at the Entogawa-kiln in Mino, active during the first quarter of the 17th century. "

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  9. Japanese TEA BOWLS - TL Testing of the Mino Tea Bowls

     

    TL testing would have sacrificed a few of the seller's tea bowls, and,

    several hundred dollars. Yet, the conclusions/findings was pointing toward 400 years old ( + or - ).

    I bought about 9 tea bowls from the seller, two under a 100 dollars and several about 150 dollars  each.  A couple about 240 each.

     

    Obviously, the pricing for these 400 year old Mino tea bowls seem to contradict all the "confidence" presented by the seller.. 

     

    The cost seem to be O.K. with  me, as, even though I'm sure

    these tea bowls are not 400 years old,

    I like the potters/makers style and designs.

    Also, the prices for the actual tea bowls were lower than the sold pricing  I paid, as, the seller added " his/her " percentage to make a profit. They have to make a living too.

    The seller's wife is Japanese (?), and, brings back teas bowls when she visits/travels back to Japan and back. I think it was via a P.M. to me.. 

    They / she must know the source of these tea bowls, as, I have seen other sellers that have similar tea bowls. One even bought form this seller.

     

    This  " 1620 " bowl was one of the more "expensive" tea bowls I bought from the seller .

    Here is the seller's description of the 400 year old tea bowl : 


    Nezumi-Shino Tea Bowl - Early Edo Period (about 1620)

     

    Little deformed cylinder (hazutsu) shaped,  in the style of shino ware - the bowl shows finger marks from throwing; foot ring and bottom have been cut with a potters knife.

    Typical for a Nezumi-Shino shino bowl, the light, unrefined Mino clay has been covered with an iron bearing engobe - with the exception of the bottom area.

    A geometric decoration of triangles on the wall has been incised into the engobe, over which the typical feldspatic shino glaze has been applied.

    The foot ring has a rather regular shape, with comb marks frequently seen on bowls from Motoyashiki kiln.

     

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  10. The information in the CHUO EXPRESS Excavation page was about Jomon Period items. 

    I was hoping I could find more information/websites about any newer excavations that might be the bowls the seller has.

     

    I don't have enough/any Japanese knowledge on key words or phrases to use for the internet searches for newer Mino Bowl excavations.

     

    The ending part of the seller's bowl descriptions had this :

     

    " All four pieces I had TL-tested (Cost about $ 400 per piece) have confirmed an age about 400 yrs =/- 20%.  "

     

    I think he explained they were random from the batch of bowls he had..

     

    This is from one of many TL Testing  websites on the internet: 

     

    Accuracy of TL testing / dating
    Generally speaking, when a sample is drilled and there is no information available about the burial environment, one may expect +/- 25% uncertainty, and this is more than adequate for authentication where the question is whether the piece was fired in antiquity or recently. The latest computer technology supports and completes analysis.

     

    Link :

    https://artemistestinglab.com/#:~:text=The scientific technique of thermoluminescence (TL) is used,with a faint blue light%2C known as TL. 

     

     

  11. Japanese Tea Bowl - MINO

     

    Note: This is not a rant or complaint about the seller of these 

    " excavated" tea bowls " . 

    I am explaining the  several intriguing/fascinating explanations that  accompany the selling

    of his/her tea bowls. 

     

    I do have several more tea bowls bought form the seller.

    I will post them later in this series of postings about my experience.

     

    So, first off, I want to establish the seller's beautifully stated, some what romanticized  descriptions  of each tea bowl.

    I love his (or, who ever stated that ) description of each tea bowl.

    It somehow, establishes the seller has knowledge of Mino tea bowls.

    Secondly, Here is a statement that accompanies the description from the sellers postings :

     

    " Mino ceramics were produced for the Kyoto market.

    About 1630/40,  a change of fashion took place, resulting in an overproduction at the kilns.

    The merchandize was still warehoused at the kilns, but the Kyoto whole sellers did not buy anymore.

    This is also evidenced by a number of full warehouses excavated in Kyoto. 

    Over the years the kilns were covered by leaves and humus.

     

    Before the Tokyo Olympics an new highway was built trough the region (the Chuo Expressway), during the construction unknown kilns were unearthed but not scientifically recorded, because of time pressure.

    On the construction free weekends people (mostly farmers living nearby) went 'treasure hunting' and found truck loads of tea bowls mizusashi and other tea ceramics.

    Since about 1990 , these pieces appear in the market in Japan, as young people have little interest in tea ceremony or collecting anymore.

    Of course there are broken pieces, but many are unharmed and were well protected by the soft earth of the woods; after rinsing the them with water, they look like new ? even though many have discoloration from black soil at the unglazed areas.

     

    So, the first part, the seller, who has "knowledge" of Mino tea bowls, has  a explanation of how he acquired these 400 year old Mino tea bowls , the CHUO EXPERSSWAY EXCAVATION.

     

    I was searching the internet for information on the CHUO EXPRESSWAY EXCAVATIONS.

    There was only one article I found, but, it was during the 70's and 80's.  Not in the 1990's. 

    It also seems, that there were older ceramic pieces found. no mention of Edo period ceramics, unless, there was another "Excavation" later?  

     

    Here is a part of the CHUO EXPRESSWAY article

     

    It may sound odd to have a museum accessible from an expressway rest area, but there is a story behind it.  

     

    During the construction of the Chuo Expressway in the late 1970s/early 1980s, planners realized the expressway would run through the Shakado area (named for a local temple) known to contain historical ruins.  

    When the road builders started digging the road bed, the ruins were found to be quite extensive, with layers of important artifacts dating from 1,000 years ago to 20,000 years ago.

     It was decided to halt the road construction while the entire area was thoroughly excavated.

     

    To complete the excavation as quickly as possible, an army of diggers–more than 20,000 people–were employed, including professional archaeologists, local farmers and their families, university students, and anyone willing to help out.  

    The dig lasted from February 1980 to November 1981.

    Only after the excavation was completed was the expressway construction continued. "

     

    Here is the link: 

     

    https://jigsaw-Japan.com/2019/02/16/shakado-museum-of-jomon-culture-really-digging-back-in-time/

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  12. Japanese TEA BOWL - MINO

     

    Another tea bowl I bought from the seller that has 400 year old "Oribe" style/type tea bowls.

     

    Note : Again, I do not think these bowls are 400 years old.

    I bought them because I like them.

    This is not a rant about the seller.

    It is more of the interesting accounts that occurred

    during the time I was buying these Mino tea bowls.

     

    The seller's description :

     

    Kuro-Oribe Chawan of  Early Edo Period  


    " Slightly distorted cylinder shaped (hanzutsu) tea bowl with a rounded brim,  made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.

    The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potter's knife in its lower part and around the foot ring.

    In the style of Seto -Kuro bowls the this bowl was covered with a glossy, light brown glaze.

    On one side a window was left unglazed and decorated with plants and grass in iron oxide under a clear ash glaze.

    The low foot ring and the bowl's cylindrical shape resembles a Seto-Kuro bowl.

    Next to the foot ring is an incised potters mark (kamajirushi) in form of a T.

    This mark is commonly affiliated with the Kyoto trader Shimbei and was frequently found on early 17th century (arround1620) pots of the Entogawa-kiln in Mino.
    The bowl is well balanced. "

     

    Next Post: The Chuo Express Excavations "
     

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  13. Japanese TEA BOWL - MINO

     

    NOTE: This is one of my most intriguing  encounter with buying Japanese Ceramics.

    I am not mad at the seller, and, neither is this a "Rant" against him/her. I did like the Tea Bowls, and, I know/understand that it is the buyer's responsibility to know what he/she is buying.

    In 2021. "It's nobody's fault but my own " is a fact of life.

    :)

     

    I bought this Tea Bowl and this is the description from the seller :

     

    Ao-Oribe Chawan of  Early Edo Period

     

    " Only little distorted cylinder shaped (hansutsu) tea bowl with a rounded brim,  made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.

    The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potter's knife in its lower part and around the foot ring.

    This bowl was covered with a green copper oxide glaze.

    On one side a window left unglazed and covered with a thin transparent ash glaze under which two wheels of law, two plum bosoms and a Cricket (korogi) were painted in iron oxide.

     

    Inside  the foot ring is a kiln mark (kamajirushi) in the shape of a V, a mark frequently found on shards excavated at the Entogawa-kiln in Mino, active during the first quarter of the 17th century.
    The bowl is well balanced. "

     

    True (?), or just advertising , I did like the design and was willing to pay/bid on the Tea Bowl.

     

    The two ( half wheels ) Cartwheels partially submerged in water/stream, was called " Katawa-guruma " ( Wheels in Stream ? )

     

    The "V" in the foot ( Kodai ), might be a Merchant's mark.

    From the book, " SHINO AND ORIBE CERAMICS " by Ryoichi Fujioka :

    " Until the Meiji Period, these signs were considered to be the production marks of either the potter or the Kiln, and, in fact this long remained the popular view. "

     

    Remember the Shimbei "T" ? 

    This is another interesting topic to be discussed later..

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  14. Just posting a "Gallery Presentation" of one of my Tea Bowls.

    I make my own "Gallery Presentations" using PHOTO IMPACT PRO,

    I still use the 8.1 version, because I only do simple Photo editing and

    presentation/collages..

     

    I usually take my own photos of my items, but, if the seller's photos was large and focused, I would use those. My camera is old. 8.1 Mega pixels.. :doh:

     

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  15. Japanese Tea Bowl - Kitaoji Rosanjin

     

    A few years ago, there were many Ao Oribe style Rosanjin Tea bowls on e-bay.

    The prices were "Too good to be true"

     

    I did buy two ( one from Fujiyama Gallery and the Crab tea bowl from Chanoyu ) .

    I think both sellers names were Kentaro ?

     

    Tomobako / Hakogaki was to be someone's authentication.

     

    Gimei ? :doh: :wow:

    I still like the bowls, so, I did not mind paying what they asked. 

    " Buy the Chawan, not the mei "    :)

     

    There are other " Oribe" style Tea Bowls that were bought from e-bay that were or had "Too good to be true" descriptions.

    I will post about those soon..

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  16. Jizai Okimono - Ise Ebi

    My 3 Spiney Lobsters displayed in my " Tea Bowl " room.

     

    The first large  lobster ( Orangish colored lobster on the left ) with Tomobako, is made by Muniyuki Myochin ( 51 st.) .

     

    Dark colored iron Lobster by.. ( ? ) Close-up photo of the maker's name )

     

    And, the 3rd  lobster on the metallic gray coral is most popular/ common Lobster by " Hiromi ".....

    I see the name Keijiro Kuwahara Hiromi in the description of some of these Lobsters.

    The other lobsters and Crabs  in the photo are solid, metal and not

    " Adjustable ".

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  17. JIZAI OKIMONO - ( Articulated/Adjustable Display Item ) 

     

    Shugyosha ( John J. )  posted an upcoming Auction..

    Had this Jizai Okimono Silver Hermit Crab.

     

    On Yahoo,

    there is a Silver Ise Ebi ( Spiny Lobster) for only $1500.00

     

    What a time to not have thousands id disposable income to spend..

    I want then both .. LOL :Drool:

     

    https://www.zacke.at/auction/lot/lot-27---mitsuta-haruo-a-superb-bronze-and-silver-jizai-articulated-okimono-of-a-hermit-crab/?lot=13789&so=0&st=&sto=0&au=41&ef=&et=&ic=False&sd=0&pp=96&pn=1&g=1

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  18. Hello Robert, Did you mean Byron Shimizu? I don't know him personally, but, I do remember that name. This is from Robert Benson's Website.. It is on Robert's "ABOUT US " page. http://www.bushidojapaneseswords.com/about-us.html OTHER POLISHERS WHO HAVE STUDIED WITH US. Byron Shimizu My first apprentice was Ralph Oquendo in the early 80's. While he was here in Hawaii, he studied kendo where Byron Shimizu was also a kendo student. Byron Shimizu watched Ralph and I work for several years and in 1985 I agreed to take him on as an apprentice. Byron's ability increased to being confident in handling of Juyo Token class. He distinguished himself by the mid-90's of easily polishing blades that would be submitted for the Juyo Token shinsa. For numerous years the three of us, Woodrow, Byron and myself worked in the togi heya on the large togidai polishing. It was in this daily work schedule that Woodrow advanced to being a far above average polisher. His ability can be directly attributed to Byron Shimizu as the two would work side by side for long hours and Byron would give him guidance. The two of them experimented with how to best use hatsuya, jitsuya and different nugui on all periods and schools. I am confident in saying that these two have shown that they are well qualified in the true Honami style of polishing. Mike Christianson, John Brostowictz , Robert Tanner are some of the other devotees who have dedicated the time to study the art of polishing.
  19. SAMURAI MOVIES - KOJIRO   ( 1967 )

     

    This is one of the better dual sequences of all the Miyamoto Musashi duals in all the Mimamoto Musashi  movies. 

    The dual between Miyamoto Musashi and Shishido Baiken.

    In PART 2 , I had to re synchronize the audio, because the audio/sound was slightly "off" from the  video.

    You can see when Baiken's Kusarigama's weight hits the ground in the dual with Musashi..to Musashi and Shishido Baiken.

     

    I divided the dual into two short videos...

     

    PART 1

     

     

    PART 2

     

     

    Kikunosuke Onoe as Sasaki Kojiro and 

    Tatsuya Nakadai as Miyamoto Musashi..

     

    There is no actors name who played Shishido Baiken, when I was looking at all the Kojiro 1967 reviews.

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  20. Japanese Ceramics - Oribe Mizusashi   ( Water Jar )

     

    I like collecting water jars from the various kilns, mostly the informal, " wabi-sabi " or earthenware types.

    Here are my Oribe water jars..

     

     

     

     

     

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  21. SUISEKI - The Art of Stone Appreciation

     

    I bought this Japanese green stone on e-bay a few years ago, because the green on this rock seems like the  glazes created on Ao Oribe Ceramics.  

     

    From WIKIPEDIA    ( I am a Wikimedia supporting member :) )

     

    " Green Oribe (青織部, Ao-Oribe), a ceramic with classical green glaze and underglaze painting. Green is the typical color of Oribe ware, along with white.[15] The original Chinese green was a smooth, even color like celadon.

    Oribe, however, tried to use different shades of more natural green, in order to reflect green mountains or riverside scenes. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. "

     

     

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  22. CERAMICS - ANN TSUBOTA

    Professor Of Art

    Raritan Valley Community College

    New YORK

     

    A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to be looking on e-bay, when this Ann Tsubota Iridescent Vase was listed.

    I did not know who Ann Tsubota was, but, I did buy it.

     

    After reading around, Ann seemed to be more into Raku-ware, and, " wabi-sabi ". 

     

    This vase seems to be the only one of her impression, or even abstract (?) pieces she ever  made..

    Sky, mountain, forest and water...

     

    Thanks for viewing.

     

    I see a photo of my vase still on Pinterest ...  :(

     

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  23. TAMAHAGANE

     

    I tried to update and lost that previous post on the Tamahagane I bought from "THE Japanese SWORD " website a few years ago.

    The post came out on the top and I ended up deleting the post by accident. 

    About the Tomobako..

    I was not sure of the translation.

    I think it was

    " The EASTERN Japan SWORD MAKERS ASSOCIATION ".

     

     

     

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  24. TAMAHAGANE  - SUMIHIRA MANABE - sword maker

     

    From the dvd /Video  " ART OF THE Japanese SWORD "

     

    Narrator

    Swordmaker Sumihira Manabe produces his own "Tamahagane" for his swords.

    Manebe uses " Less refined iron sand brought down by remote mountain valleys." 
    Manabe : 
    " When I look at masterpiece swords of the Kamakura period, they have extremely interesting and good quality surface steel
    When I saw this, I wanted to produce this kind of sword.
    Then, I tried to figure out how to make that kind of sword.
    In the end, I arrived at this kind of method.     

    Using just pure iron sand doesn't produce good results.
    Chikusa sand iron is good because it de oxidizes very efficiently, producing good quality iron.


    It is not for making swords in the Bizen style tradition, but, it is good for making swords in the Soshu and Yamashiro traditions.
    The different sand irons used results in subtle differences in the surface steel ( Jigane) of the completed sword.
    "

     

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  25. SAMURAI MOVIES  -  GANRYUJIMA

    2003 release

    Miyamoto Musashi vs. Kojiro Sasaki

     

    A very different movie from the other Musashi / Sasaki Dual.

    I found this movie/dvd entertaining, funny, and makes me wonder, too. LOL

     

    I have read ( I don't remember where )  that this medical explanation ( Below ) was thought that may have happen......  

     

    " Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is frequently complicated by alterations in mood and behavior and changes in personality. We report mild personality changes post-TBI as a possible indicator of traumatic brain injury, but not of injury severity or psychiatric complications. "

    - from the internet 

     

     

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