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  1. I think the ura may read 'to meet the request of Sasaki Shigesuke' (需應佐々木重輔 )
  2. Hello Mark, Yes, the flight suit, flight cap, and goggles are for sale as a set. I'll send you a PM
  3. I will be returning to Tokyo next month, so this has to go. All reasonable offers considered
  4. I have an original WW2 Imperial Japanese Army pilot's uniform, flight cap, and googles for sale. Both the flight suit and flight cap are dated 1942 (昭和十七). The flight suit is the rarer, winter version and is fur lined. Both of these were issued by the Imperial Japanese Army (the army and navy each had their own air forces). The army items bear the imperial star on the forehead of the flight cap, whereas the navy had a folding peak. The googles are also higher-end items, with red metal frames, which in my opinion are the best looking set available. Would look great displayed, or ideal as a onesie for winter (if you're into that kind of thing...) For reference see Imperial Japanese Army and Navy Uniforms and Equipment by Nakata Tadao p118. I'm looking £950 obo
  5. Iyo tsuba and Tosogu menuki now sold
  6. There are a couple of characters which I can't make out too well, but it seems to be a commemorative piece ~chu kuni ju Yamazaki (no) kami Tsuneyoshi (~中國住山崎守常吉) Made for 1,100 year anniversary (?記念千百年為作)
  7. Dan, there's not really much to koshirae kanteisho papers. There's no suggested attribution to whom or which school produced the koshirae, the paper simply provides a description of the parts, which I have translated for you 
  8. Thanks, Brian. I have gained a lot of knowledge from the board, so I'm happy to give back what I can
  9. At one of the Irish Token Society meetings I decided to give a talk on shingunto, as they are perhaps the most commonly encountered Japanese sword in the English speaking world (due to the widespread dissemination to British, American, and Commonwealth troops during the Second World War). For the meeting I threw together a 'primer' on shingunto, which I thought might also be useful for NMB members too. It's quite basic in terms of the information provided, and which any military sword collector will already know, but it should be helpful for those first encountering shingunto Shingunto.pptx
  10. I think 東塩子 is actually a gō ( possibly read Tōenshi), rather than a place name. The second character looks like 與 to me, which is read as 'yo' or 'tomo'.
  11. The fuchi mei should be read as 'Mito ju Kuniyoshi' (水戸住邦吉). The yagenagata nakago is also a kantei point for the Hankei school, so that might be a good guess for the origin of this blade: http://www.sho-shin.com/edo-noda.html
  12. The kanji after 'Muromachi' are 前期 (zenki), which means 'early period'. Before 'Muromachi' is 時代 (jidai) which is just 'period/ era/ age'. For future reference, latter period is 後期(kouki)
  13. I never tire of seeing that koshirae, Ray. It's stunning. The mei on the fuchi is 'Kenkōsai Kazutomo' (謙光齋 一和)
  14. From Hawley's Mon the Japanese Family Crest (1976)
  15. I can't help with the trade mark, but the lantern that the figure is carrying states 'beware of fire' (火の用心). Even today, in rural Japan, in order to make people aware of fire, someone will walk through the town carrying hyoshigi (a set of bamboo blocks which are also used in kabuki), and I suspect this what your figure would have been holding. Personally, though I would gave him a lit torch...
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