Date: October 15 (Fri)16 (Sat)17 (Sun) 2021
at Tokyo Art Club(our booth No.9 on 3F)
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Rai KUNITOSHI  (Juyo Bijutsuhin)  
Kamakura period, circa 1290 / Blade L. 70.8cm
Rai KUNITOSHI is a representative smith of Rai School in Kyoto
in Kamakura period. This blade was attested as the Kunitoshi
and gold inlay on the tang by Hon’ami Kojo (the 12th master), and comes with Hon’ami Kochu (the
13th master) Origami, an old certificate paper. The Hon’ami family has served the Shogun for
generations. The blade shows graceful and healthy Tachi shape with excellent condition. It is recoded
in Tokugawa Jikki; the 5th Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi presented it to the son of Yanagisawa
Yoshiyasu when he met to greetings for his celebration.

Osafune NAGAMOTO (Juyo Token / Tosogu)  
Kamakura period, circa1300 / Blade L. 67.0cm
Osafune NAGAMOTO was active as a fine pupil of great smith
Nagamitsu who is the represented Osafune smith in Bizen
province (Okayama). This well-preserved blade shows beautiful Utsuri, white misty band that runs
along the tempering line, which is characteristic of Bizen swords. The ceremonial Tachi mounting in
Edo period (18c) is decorated with gold and silver lacquered crests of Kiri (paulownia) and Kuyo
(nine stars) design on Kin-nashiji (pear skin gold lacquered pattern) lacquered scabbard. This is
suitable high quality for feudal lords “Daimyo“.

NAGAMITSU  (Juyo Token)  
Kamakura period, circa1300 / Blade L. 67.0cm
NAGAMITSU is a son of Mitsutada who is the founder of Osafune
School in supreme sword country Bizen (Okayama). This blade,
which is attested as the Nagamitsu and brushed red lacquer name onto the tang by Hon’ami Koson,
shows graceful Tachi shape and beautiful Utsuri of characteristic of Bizen swords, white misty band
that runs along the tempering line. The ceremonial Tachi mounting shows high quality suitable for
feudal lords, “Daimyo“ or upper rank Samurai.

Horikawa KUNIHIRO  (Juyo Token)
Komoyama period, circa 1600 / Blade L. 33.9 cm
KUNIHIRO who was born in 16c, has served Ito family in Hyuga (Miyazaki),
then settle down at Horikawa in Kyoto after improving skill, and became
leading smith in Shinto era (1596-1763). This good shape blade with well-
forged surface, reflects on the Momoyama period (16c) style. The blade
engraving symbolized Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo on the blade both sides, it is
an excellent and dignified finishing work. The fine black lacquered mounting is decorated with
Tanabata story designed fittings.

Osafune KANENAGA  (Tokubetsu Juyo Token)
Nanbokucho period 14c / Blade L. 73.0cm
KANENAGA is one of best pupils of Chogi who is a great Bizen
Osafune smiths in Nanbokucho period.  This Bizen school
adopted the forging characteristic of So-shu den style, and is so famous as Soden-bizen style. This
wide and healthy blade with extending tip reflects on the feature of the period well, it is so splendid
Edo period (18c) is decorated with gold and silver lacquered crests of Kiri (paulownia) and Kuyo
powerful work.

Osafune NORIMITSU  (Tokubetsu Hozon Token)  
The 12th year of Eikyo era, dated 1440 / Blade L. 66.0cm
NORIMITSU who is a well-known smith of Bizen-Osafune school
in Muromachi period, succeed the same name and continued to
this era. It was probably made by the 4th generation. The elaborate all silver fittings made by
Yoshimune with the leather wrapping scabbard mounting in Edo period. It is said from the
description on the scabbard that it was collection of Count Ito Miyoji who is a famous sword collector
in Meiji period.

KOTETSU  (Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Edo period circa 1670 / Blade L. 64.5cm
This KOTETSU blade, which is said to be a collection of Viscount
Hosokawa Toshifumi family, was named as "Ishi-doro giri".
The name came from the legendary story that cut a stone lantern when to prove the sword sharpness
to the orderer. The Kotetsu is one of most prominent smiths in Edo period, and his practical powerful
blades with well-forged technique are very popular.

The 2nd year of Reiwa, dated 2020 / Blade L. 78.4cm
SADATOSHI was born in 1946 as a son of Gassan Sadaichi who was the Living National Treasure.
He became a pupil of his father in 1969. Now he is one of top modern smiths getting many awards
in many competitions. He succeeded a skill of Gassan traditional forging and engraving technique
in many competitions. He succeeded a skill of Gassan traditional forging and engraving technique
worldwide. No one else can engrave such a dragon. This blade with powerful dragon engraving, can
be enjoyed the Gassan tradition.

Fujiwara KUNIKANE  (Juyo Token)  
The 5th year of Kan’ei era, dated 1628 / Blade L. 39.0cm
Fujiwara KUNIKANE who was born in 1592, worked for the
Date family, a feudal lord in Sendai, was given the honorary
title, Yamashiro-daijo in 1626 and passed away in 1664. He succeeded a technique of Yamato Hosho
style, beautiful straight forging grain and tempering line. The Wakizashi mounting, which is a black
lacquered snow flower designed scabbard combined to Kiku-kiri designed fittings, is fashionable and
good contrast finishing.

Lobster shaped red lacquered scabbard mounting  
Edo period 19c / Blade L. 25.4cm
This luxury mounting is owned by Count Matsudaira Naoaki family of
Izumo-Matsue clan, and comes with an old label that proof as his collection.
Auspicious lobster shaped scabbard with Aoi family crest fittings is in perfect
harmony. And the large Kozuka knife is so rare. The blade was made up by
MIYAIRI KOZAEMON YUKIHIRA in 2000. He was born in Nagano in 1957 as a son of the Living
National Treasure Miyairi Yukihira and became a pupil of his father in 1977. He got many awards
as excellent technique. Chairman of All Japan Swordsmith Association now.

A set of Samurai items
 (Armor, Tachi mounting, bow, quiver, stirrup)Edo period 18-19c
This blue and red laced five iron plates body armor is regarded as an order-made
for upper class Samurai. And the 32 plates iron helmet with a rabbit designed
ront ornament, which is symbol of progress, gathering intelligence and prosperity.

Unique lobster tail shaped helmet
The early- mid Edo period 17-18
In Momoyama period (16c), Samurai used such an unique helmet to show
their individuality, and pass down toward the Edo period. This unique shaped
helmet is suitable quality for feudal lords, “Daimyo“ and upper Samurai.
Lobster is favored as an auspicious symbol of long life and good luck.
The parts, elegant curved line, Hon-Kozane steel sheets and cheek guard shows
fine craftsmanship and sensibility.
Nihon no Mei-kabuto (Middle Vol.) by Dr. Sasama Yoshihiko (1972)
The beauty of Helmet shape at Nara Prefectural Museum of Art (1982)

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