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  1. Empress Shoken, in the style of the Imperial Court, just post Restoration, your image is taken from this photograph from 1872, I suspect:
  2. Hi Bruce, Try researching the Ando Family. Best Regards M
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    Museum help

    Just an aside, last year I walked past a Monkey show in a car park near the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall, on the way to the new NBTHK Hakubutsukan. It was quite crowded with onlookers.
  4. Good morning Gentlemen, It sort of makes sense now, given the magnitude of the Burma Railroad, and the intentions to go into India, that there would have been a host of civilian employees seconded to the Army. And, adding a little more to Bruce's post, I have heard that a number of the elder generation of Japanese Martial Arts Shihan, who were conscripted into the Rikugun, in the very latter days of the conflict, took ancestral blades to their induction and training camps. This was not a matter of rank, as there were often no other weapons available. I wondered about the choice of Bamboo as a subject matter, and was reminded of something the late Donn F Draeger wrote about a Yagyu Tsuba with a Bamboo leaf theme having a secret symbolism reminding the swordsman to recall the principle of Yawara (Pliancy), in respect of the Bamboo in winter bears a great amount of weight of snow, bending to an almost impossible angle and then shedding the snow, to return to standing in a swift springing action. Of course the Tsuba we are discussing bears no similarity to a Yagyu form, it is the concept behind it.
  5. Chris, you have filled in some important gaps. Thank you
  6. Good evening Chris, that is exactly the pattern I have in mind.
  7. Good afternoon Gentlemen, I wonder if you could help. Over the years, I have seen a small number of Gunto, which have clearly been converted from an Ancestral Katana, to Rikugun use. I have been told, candidly, by more than aa few Japanese Gentlemen, from that Hero generation, ( As both they and us view that dreadful era), that in some cases, local village Councils of Elders would "club together" to send one of their boys off to officer training with a sword , as their patriotic duty, even though, he , as a farme or local business man's son, could not afford to buy an approved Shin Gunto, as advertised in the papers of induction. In the examples that I have encountered, from 1971 to present, usually, the Kurikata has been removed, and a makeshift Ashi had been added, the rest of the lacquered Saya being clad in a leather combat cover. A makeshift hole for an Itomaki Sarute was drilled into the area just below the Kashira, and in some cases a Fusa Himo, still attached. Quite a few of these I encountered had a similar style of Mokko Tsuba depicting Bamboo leaves. I am interested in the prevalence of the Bamboo Leaf Tsuba. Can anyone shed some light upon this? My take is that it was a single shop, supplying Regiments bound for the Burma Campaign. Given that the items were from veterans in the United Kingdom, their field of operation from which they would have fought in or have been liberated from, was essentially, Burma down to Singapore. I believe that there is a wellspring of information out there, waiting to be tapped.
  8. Hi George, here's the reference to "Shishi shinchu no mushi" 師子身中の虫 (Worms within the Lion's body) It appears in three Sutra: http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php?title=Worms_within_the_lion's_body
  9. http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/sunobe.html
  10. Perhaps a Sheep? Hitsuji 羊
  11. Looks like the seal was burned in, using a preformed "branding" iron. I have seen similar effect on Koryu Bokuto from Meiji and Taisho era. Which supports Piers' statement: "We can guess that it was either an indicator for Mito (Ibaraki) Castle armoury, or added at the time of the great roundup and registration in early Meiji."
  12. Hi Bruce, Looks like the type of weave known as Shigeuchi or Shigekumi, it was originally popular for swords in the Tensho era (1573 - 1592). Your can still get it as Sageo, from good suppliers of Budo equipment in Japan.
  13. http://yoroi.co.jp/english/english/history.html http://yoroi.co.jp/english/english/product-2.html
  14. Hi Patrice, is the top character on the signature cartouche 旭
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