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Hi guys,

My "Index of Japanese Sword Literature" is now open for business. You'll find it at jssus.org and click on the JSL Index tab.

It isn't 100% complete; there's still a few details to tweak with the software. Most notably, there is a field for listings in the Juyo Token and Tokuju books that isn't showing. Otherwise, I think you'll find it useful. If so, please join the JSS/US. With more members we can accomplish more.

Please spread the word. This is the only online forum I post to; maybe some of you could let the others know.

I'm missing a few Kanji for swordsmith's names (12 total); I'm wondering if someone is willing to help. There are 2 books in the index that I don't own and for which I'm missing some Kanji: Zuikan Tomei Soran by Iida and Jukken by Shibata. If you have either of these and know your way around an online Kanji finder, please email me (link below) and I'll send you the list. Also, I need a line drawing of the Kikumon for smith Kikugyosaku (Emperor Gotoba) and the clock face mon used by Shinto smith Lekko (page 147 in Fujishiro's Shinto-hen). Can someone email me one or the other that I can paste in place?

Any case, check it out; enjoy.

Take care, Grey

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I can only echo what Dirk has said. This has to rank in the top 3 web resources online. Congrats to the JSSUS for doing this, and to you for allowing it. Great work. I will be linking to it directly above the forum this weekend. Thanks Grey!

 

Brian

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There is one more item I could use help with. I know that not every computer will display Kanji. I checked my index yesterday at the local library and the Kanji showed as question marks. The index of swordsmiths is less useful if the user can't see the Kanji in the smith's name.

I would like to have a paragraph or 2 in the index tutorial about how to set your computer to display Kanji, but I don't know how to do it. Can someone do a short writeup on the process for both Windows and Macs that I can include in the tutorial? email link below.

Thanks, Grey

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No one has stepped forward to help with the missing Kanji from 3 books so how about plan B?

I'm looking for someone/s who own the book/s and a digital camera with a decent macro function, who could send me pictures I can work from. I need pictures of 7 sword smith names from Zuikan Tomei Soran by Iida, 1 picture from Jukken by Shibata, and one picture from Gendai Toko Meikan by Ono.

If you're willing to help please email me (link below).

Thanks, Grey

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I have the Kanji from Zuikan Tomei Soran; I need one picture from Jukken and one from Gendai Toko Meikan. Can anyone help?

Grey

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Hi Grey, In the Toko Taikan K - Kikugyosaku - p147, KIK 2 is an oshigata of the Kikugyosaku. It is poor, but, is it useful? I will send acopy if you wish. John

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Hi Grey,

 

We have both Jukken and Gendai Toko Meikan here in stock, and I am happy to help.

 

Let me know which pics you need.

 

 

Best regards,

 

 

Michael Harris

 

satcho.com

http://www.satcho.com Specialists in books related to the study & appreciation of the Japanese sword as art.

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Hi John,

I'm not able to stick a photo in the index; I have to have text I can copy and paste. Does anyone know of a Japanese site with a listing for a sword signed with a kikumon? If they have the kikumon in the text below the oshigata, I can copy from that.

Hi Michael,

Thank you. I just emailed the 2 smiths I need.

And thanks to Mark Jones for the listings in Zuikan Tomei Soran.

Take care, Grey

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Hi again,

I have one more hole in my index. Fujishiro Shinto-hen, page 102, there is an oshigata of Fudo Yoshimune. I've tried a dozen different ways to find the Kanji for mune on the language bar and on Breen's Kanji finder. No luck.

Can someone get that Kanji in print and email it to me?

Thanks, Grey

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Grey, FWIW: the "Wahpuro Pasokon Kanji Jiten" doesn't list that character, so I guess it can't be generated using MS IME. It's a combination of 匈 (kyō) and 月 (getsu); I *guess* the "modern" writing is 胸 (mune), but I don't have any evidence to support my theory.

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