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  1. Well, they screwed Dale’s on upside down. All the 大吉 luck would have poured out, like an upside down horseshoe.
  2. Since in the main the characters used in Mei are Kanji, then you should have at least one easy-to-use Kanji dictionary. Names however can be read in a greater variety of ways, so you will also need a more specialized resource, (see links on this site) plus there are many good websites out there to feed into. Many years ago when I was at college in the US, I sat down to learn hiragana and katakana as that was my Japanese homework for the week. “No way!” I thought. Just then a whiff of smoke passed my way, and I found myself concentrating as if absorbed in drawing or painting. (Just one experience on a long winding path…) In Japan when out and about I always read the signs around me, seeing them as today’s menu. Every day something new!
  3. I was going to say Namako (sea cucumber) but you beat me to it. Miyamoto Musashi is said to have made Tsuba on this theme. As to the two central holes, Roger’s offering is thought-provoking.
  4. For some reason I cannot force myself to read online/digital magazines, and I don’t really know how to store them anyway. Give me a printed version anytime.
  5. It's only an old piece of sacking cloth, but if you are unwilling to pin it out, get someone to stretch it gently and hold the four corners down so that you can get a clear shot of the characters.
  6. Can we see another certificate? Are they all exactly the same?
  7. Agreed, a great find, which must have been waiting for you. Can’t wait to see the other pieces! (The rounded petals may indicate Umé rather than Sakura which tend to have a notch in the tip. Umé is Japanese apricot, but most dictionaries just say ‘plum’.)
  8. Geraint, I agree with all of that. (Although I think the Nakago have both been further shortened for their new lives.) Thanks for the thoughts, possible considerations and interesting illustrations.
  9. In for a penny, in for a pound… this is the last one, I promise. (Gotta draw the line somewhere!) Posted part of this in the Small Blades thread, with a note to look here too. So here is the other part. The popular Manga artist Akiko Hatsu had this Kozuka-like blade and Koshiraé made especially for her. It looks like jewellery/jewelry to me. ‘Tosu’ indicates 刀子 (tōsu) an old Japanese word for small bladed handy knife. Sometimes pronounced Tōshi.
  10. 刀子 Small knife Recently I came across a word that I should have known but didn't. 刀子, for which the English given was 'Tosu'. This piqued my curiosity. In the exhibition of (O)mamori-gatana (see separate thread), was this specially made kozuka in a jewellery-like brightly-decorated koshirae, described as a To-su, or small knife. The blade and koshirae were a special order for the Manga artist Akiko Hatsu, 波津彬子 Hatsu Akiko. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akiko_Hatsu The Kanji suggested that the To- must be a long sound, as in Nihontō. Eventually I found that this word has been used in Japan throughout history to describe a small knife, and that it can be pronounced either Tōsu or Tōshi, (although the former seems to be more common). Her name contains the Kanji 波 (Ha/Nami) for ‘wave’, so the koshirae has silver waves, according to the description.
  11. Finally a Tantō once owned by former Prime Minister Hashimoto Ryutaro who was from this area and had strong ties with Hayashibara. (His family still do.) I guess all of these blades had the function of ‘Omamori’ for their various owners. *There was not a single visitor there apart from me. I felt privileged. With gratitude for putting on this splendid exhibition just for me! **PS Several of these photographs, like the last one here, will expand enormously with some clever double and triple clicks. A little 'plus' magnifier should appear at some point which you should chase for new window and full screen!
  12. This was a complete coincidence but the evening before I had just watched the astonishing heart-wrenching “Mibugishiden”, and here in front of me was a sword (re)created as the one in the story. Utsushi of Yamato no Kami Yasusada. (When the Last Sword is Drawn, 2002) https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0359692/
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