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  1. Crane, pine and bamboo are famous combination meaning longevity.
  2. While Diakoku is occasionally depicted on sake bottles, in all of these three cases above (the two tsuba and the bottle shown by Thomas), the god depicted is Hotei. You can tell by the large, bare belly (a sign of Hotei not Diakoku). In addition, Hotei is the patron god of bar tenders, so that is why he is most often the one depicted on sake bottles.
  3. Hi Ed, the signature (left side) is "Jokatsusai Hoichi + kao" who was more commonly known as Chinju (Haynes 00306.0). He lived in Inshu ju Inaba Province and was alive in the mid 1800's. The Hoichi name can also be read as Yasukazu. The kanji on the right side indicate that the image is derived from a certain artist's painting.
  4. Hi Bob, the Sake Drinkers are Shojo, and Item 128 looks to be signed by Jowa, who is more commonly known as Masanaga (Haynes 04251) and who was the nephew of the famous Sugiura Joi. So glad to see you and your marvelous collection are back!!!
  5. I believe that the 46th Juyo Session was in 2000.
  6. Dear Omar - thanks so much! Your nice experience is motivating me to try too. Thanks for the detail.
  7. Dear Omar, looks very nice. I'd love to hear more about the whole process (whatever you are willing to share). For example: what part was the most enjoyable (and which part was the most stressful), who did the work, how long each step took, price ranges, etc. (and of course, more photos when you have them).
  8. Dear Andrey, Congratulations! Your tsuba look great! I also loved your website - lots more info about the tsuba that you displayed in the exhibition. http://tsubaka.ru/index1_en.htm
  9. Hi Gwyn, the deep perpendicular scratches makes it look like someone was cutting with the sword, damaged it and then tried to remove the scratches with a finger stone or something else that burnished/disfigured some areas of the hamon?
  10. +1 Another beautiful piece!
  11. Writing is not very clear, but it looks like it says that the sword will only catch at this point (in other words, the catch will not keep the sword fully closed).
  12. Dear Bob, Item 125 shows Karako Asobi (Chinese Children at Play) which came from the ancient tradition of Chinese art of depicting children playing at four pursuits (painting, chess, harp & calligraphy). This is called kinki shoga in Japanese and was adopted into Japan around the 1400's and became popular in many different types of Japanese art - netsuke, woodblock prints, painting and tosogu. Here's your Kashira with a popular woodblock print (from the 1700's) - you can see that the composition is identical (hat, hair pulling, grabbing the wrist, etc.). As you said, the fuchi has the aftermath with two of the children chasing the other whose chonmage (topknot) has been pulled loose.
  13. Best of Luck! Will come by when I'm in the area.
  14. Hi Dale, it was adopted from China a very long time ago - probably over one thousand years ago...
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