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    http://hidensho.com is the URL of my antique Japanese manuscript translating project

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  1. It could be, Malcolm. I was also wondering if the first character might be 日 For viewers, I'll post two closeup pics of the text. The first will be the two characters in question. The second, for context, will be the entire two-line passage; you may need to click on the thumbnail to see the image full size. Characters Two line passage
  2. The book has just come in... amazing. Around 100 pages, each page with an average of 4-5 rubbings. Unlike the previous oshigata notebook, the author of this work put few notes next to oshigata, but did put some text at the beginning and end. However, the author wrote in sosho, in a very refined brushwork, also but very tiny and idiosyncratic in style, which may make it hard to decipher. I'll post pictures of the text below for the use of those who might be interested, full size so they can be blown up (click to view) On a side note, the paper of the book itself is very light, and on some pages you can see text through the page, on the inner part of the pocket fold... so this paper for this work was salvaged from something else. I'll eventually be posting the page images from this notebook on the hidensho.com site, once I have the rebuilt site functional. Inner front cover notes Glued-in insert note, second last page Inner back cover notes
  3. Well, I've recently acquired a new oshigata notebook at auction; it would appear to be late Meiji or Taisho, though I haven't had a chance to examine it in person yet. The contents will be listed for appreciation / identification on my new website (hidensho.com), when it gets re-launched. At the moment the rebuild is still a work in progress
  4. Hello all. Thanks for your concern, Brian. Let's just say the past year has been very challenging. On the topic of copies of the digital notebook, I stopped offering those when I posted them to a public translation project on one of my websites. While there was some initial interest in the projects (the Nakamura notebook, the 1620 Ono clan oshiata scrolls, and a mid-1800's manuscript copy of a section of the Heiho Yukan on fortification), over time use of the site was at best intermittent. Meanwhile, I've been indulging myself in the collecting, study and identification of period Japanese manuscripts, mostly dealing with the topics of nihonto, military tactics or strategy, and kojitsu (etiquette and proper behaviour at court). Thus I've recently made the decision to repurpose the translation project site; it is presently presently undergoing redesign, and will eventually reappear as Hidensho Antique Japanese Manuscripts and Scrolls. Through this site I will be offering Meiji-and-earlier period Japanese woodblock print books, hand-written / illustrated manuscripts and scrolls for sale or auction (auction would likely be in concert with eBay). In addition, I will be posting articles, academic items and news related to antique period Japanese manuscripts. A simple discussion forum will be provided for those who wish to discuss aspects of antique Japanese documents or collecting. Finally, and of most interest to NMB members I think: there will be a "Projects" area where the pictures and translations of the Nakamura, Ono and Heiho Yukan manuscripts / scrolls -- which were almost totally translated by volunteer members of NMB -- will be made available to the public, albeit in a somewhat different format than present. Additional projects for translations / identification may also be be posted, if there are enough interested volunteers.
  5. This is also an excellent background piece on how (and what) people of different rank ate in old Edo A Peek at the Meals of the People of Edo: https://www.kikkoman.co.jp/kiifc/foodculture/pdf_12/e_002_006.pdf
  6. Congrats Fred! I'm glad it found a home with someone who can really appreciate it.
  7. The oshigata notebook which I've made available at: http://hidensho.com/-- from roughly the same period and with five times as many pages -- cost only a fraction of what this item went for. Either someone identified rare (perhaps no long existing) examples of metalwork, making it worthwhile to go large, or else a collector for whom money was not an object took a liking to it. The last few bids were in 10,000 yen units, so the latter seems more likely to me.
  8. I was bidding on an interesting item this morning: an Edo / early Meiji period notebook filled with hundreds of sketches and rubbings of tsuba, sword fittings, kozuka and other metalwork. The seller said the book was some 62 pages, all with somewhere between five and a dozen sketches / rubbings (or more) per page. Hopefully someone on the board acquired it. The price went sky-high for such a book, and I bailed in the last minutes. Final price was 62,000 yen. Comments I've had from others suggest there are a lot of kinko by famous artisans; your mileage may vary. Here are the shots of a few pages, for the interest of members
  9. As listed by seller, a 12.4 metre long scroll dated at 1651, containing a treatise on (as given by seller) "sword wrap, tools, kozuka, menuki". Auction ending: Oct 30 The scroll is written on very thin paper, very aged and worn. The protective outer wrap is still intact, and the scroll is mounted on a wooden central spindle. Text only, with characters brushed in both kaisho (block) and gyosho (mixed) styles. Condition: > Fair - very aged, worn, edge damage (small tears, breaks, etc.) https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/h287505615
  10. Just to note that I've corrected the closing date of the auction to Oct 1.
  11. NOTE: I've corrected the date the auction ends to Oct 1. I found this listing at auction and thought some of our members might be interested: Undated Edo period handwritten manuscript book on the use of cannon. The seller says this book is a reference on the use of maritime artillery by the Mito clan. Auction ending Oct 1 Includes many illustrations of cannon, equipment / vehicles used by early artillery units, formations, emplacements, signalling and uniforms. The characters are written in very simple but clear block style; the writing columns are tightly aligned, organized and placed. The illustrations are precise and in a style seen in many military books of the period; so much so I suspect they were traced from another volume, with the writing added later. There are no signatures nor inkan marking this book as being an official clan or military branch reference, nor as a personal possession. Note this volume has attracted a lot of attention from bidders. As of the time of posting, with four days yet to go, bids have reached 31,150¥ Condition: Excellent - aged, moderate foxing. https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e242565918
  12. It would make a great study sword for someone new to the hobby. Mine cost twice as much (pleased as I am with it )
  13. No, it's something like 50 positive sales before Buyee lets members bid. Not sure of the exact number, but approximately 50 or so. In such cases, it's always a good idea to be a member of more than one proxy. From Japan has good recommendations from people I know, but also demands you bank cash up front before you can participate. It's the give-and-take of what services you want, what cash you're willing to invest, and what percentage of the sale you're willing to pay for it all.
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