STUDY SUBJECTS and GUIDES 



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Shibui Swords Primer of Japanese Art History
 


NIHON-TO STUDY MATERIAL
 

Presented by Shibui Swords, is the most authorative treatise on sword judgement "The Complete Manual of the Old Sword" by an unknown author, published in 1793 in Edo. This manual was first translated by Ethel Watts Mumford in her book titled "The Japanese Book of the Ancient Sword".
Presenting Ancient Study of Nihon-To by Shibui Swords


The Beauty of the Japanese Sword by Michihiro Tanobe


MASTERS of SENGOKU

ARMs and ARMOR of Ancient Japan


The Japanese Shinsa Method : Learning Sword and Smith Kantei Method
MEI Reading


Appraisal of Blades   :   Kantei Picture Guide   :   Guide for Kantei
Hataraki   :   Jigane and Jihada

Sword Terms   :   Sword Culture   :   Sword Origami


Japanese Famous Swords   :   Study all the material about Masamune & Muramasa


Manufacture of the Japanese Blade ~ GOKADEN, the Five Traditions.

A History of Nihonto by Sato Kanzan ~ Japanese Sword History.

Swordsmith's along the Eight Roads.    Also see Koto Schools and Smiths along the Eight Roads at Sho-Shin.

The Development of the Japanese Samurai Sword

Sword Glossary



TOSOGU STUDY MATERIAL
 

Robert Haynes Study Guide

SUKASHI TSUBA in Late Muromachi and Momoyama Kyoto and Owari

The GOTO SHIROBEI Family         SOTEN WORK REVISITED

ONE WAY OF LOOKING AT KANEIYE by Takeuchi Fumio

Kaneiye Tsuba comparisons and Views -- Nobuiye Tsuba comparisons and Views

Namban Gallery of Fine Tsuba

Unsigned Tsuba Identification  --  Tsuba Identification Guide

Tsuba Collection Edifice  --  Schools of Tsuba Artists

If you are un-familiar with the 'HISTORY' of Tsuba, please view Tsuba Types.

Description of Tsubako, Ha's, and Provinces of tsuba manufacture.

If you have an interest in GENJI-MON Tsuba, please enjoy this ESSAY


Tsuba Glossary



UKIYO-E
 

The History of UKIYO-E



CERAMICS & POTTERY TOPICS
 

THE EVOLUTION OF JAPANESE CERAMICS

Lacquer Ware, definitions and schools.

Japanese Art Definitions

The Origin of Raku Ware

Yaki Ware ~ Description of Tea Chanoma Utensils

Japanese Ceramics Glossary




BIOGRAPHY'S
 

Oda Nobunaga - Warlord.  ~  Toyotomi Hideyoshi - Unifier of Japan.  ~  Tokugawa Ieyasu - 1st Tokugawa. 

Sandai Soshu Tsunahiro teacher of Hiromasa. 

Hon-ami Koetsu founder of Rinpa School of painting.  ~  Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa



RELIGIOUS THEMES
 

The Shakuhachi - Origin, History and Views 

Confucius K'UNG FU-TSZE  ~  Phoenix Bird description and history. 



OTHER ITEMS
 

I wish to share my thoughts and concerns about "authenticity". Because Nihon-to is a collectible work of art, well-preserved antique blades by reputable smiths are extremely valuable. With an increased number of enthusiasts, the two most serious concerns of novice collectors of antique Nihon-to blades are a)the authenticity of the blade made by a reputable smith that they are interested in purchasing; and b)affordablility of the blade they 'can't live without'. The concern of affordability must be dealt with by the individual collector at a different level.
The concern of the authenticity of the given antique blade can be reduced or minimized if the collector is purchasing from a reputable art dealer. And, if the antique Nihon-to is accompanied with a legitimate certificate of authenticity by an established organization such as NBTHK or NTHK.
I am neither an 'appraiser' nor a 'connoisseur' qualified to determine the authenticity of any potentially valuable antique Nihon-to. As a novice Nihon-to collector, I have learned a basic outline of how the screening process is normally performed. This process of determining authenticity involves careful examinations of attributes in several different areas. The following four areas are what I use to determine attributes.
1) Structural attributes peculiar to a smith's work: sugata (shape of the blade), nakago (tang shape), forging/construction method, and hada (surface texture).
2) Attributes peculiar to the smith's work: hamon, nie/nioi, and hataraki.
3) Smith's personal attributes (mei): mei itself as an authenticating signature, and how the mei is 'usually' written (how the mei is carved with a chisel).
4) Chronological attributes based on the time frame the smith is known to have been working: inclusions with the mei (art names, titles, residence, etc.) and the color/patina on the nakago.



CALENDAR Dates from Juei (1182-1184) to Heisei (1989)

KANJI 101

East Asian Calligraphy

Maps of Japan during early history.

Rules for Successful Buying



EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
 

Richard Stein's JAPANESE SWORD GUIDE
The most comprehensive Japanese Sword resource online.

TSUBA, ART of the JAPANESE SWORD
by Jim Gilbert, expert on Tsuba.

SHO-SHIN
Robert Cole has the best material on the Five KOTO Schools and their Smiths.

Danny Massey's NIHONTOCRAFT
A website dedicated to the study and preservation of the Japanese sword.

YAMABUSHI ANTIQUES
Boris Markhasin has written numerous articles about Tosogu which are very educational. Many are referenced on this web site.

AFU RESEARCH
Afu is dedicated to translating Nihon-to books from Japanese to English. He has complete English volumes of the Nihon to Koza.

ISSOAN TEA SCHOOL
Marjorie Yap Sensei instructs the Urasenke Tradition of Tea.

SAMURAI ARCHIVES
This is an 'EXCELLANT' web site to learn everything about Samurai. History at its best.

BUDDHIST NETWORK
If you seek information and knowledge about Buddhism, visit this wonderful web site.

E-YAKIMONO website
Robert Yelin's comprehensive ceramics online resource.

JAPANESE POTTERY

JAANUS
Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System.


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