Welcome this is just a website about myself, I tried to include as many of my own photographs as possible. Otaku (おたく) as defined in Wikipedia "a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly but not limited to anime and manga". My Japanese wife has recently started calling me "tsuba otaku" as I have such a deep interest in Japanese sword handguard (tsuba 鍔). The website features a set of twelve webpages focused on tsuba from my personal collection. There are also three galleries of the small fittings (kodōgu 小道具) containing the other fittings besides the tsuba for the Japanese sword and a Koshirae Gallery webpage containing full sets of matching Japanese sword fittings. I hope you enjoy my website and constructive feedback is always welcome. Please click below or go to the CONTACT page to email me directly.
Previously in My Collection
Misumi Menuki ( 三角目貫)
These large hilt ornaments of a Japanese sword (menuki 目貫) are made of a dark purplish-black copper-gold alloy (shakudo 赤銅).
The design of the menuki are of tadpoles (kaeru-go 蛙子) rendered in a very naturalistic style with considerable motion displayed by their long tails. The tadpole themselves are shaped and carved without a base (katachi-bori 容彫) and the eyeballs are nicely colored with gold (kin-iroe 金色繪).
Custom Box View
The surface of each menuki are polished smooth in such a way to replicate the leather like skin of a real tadpole. The back side of the menuki shows the great amount of shakudo that was used to make these large menuki, strangely each menuki also has a tall triangle shaped post. The menuki comes in a fine custom fitted wood box (kiribako 桐箱) with pillow.
Yushu-saku NTHK-NPO Outside Cover
On June 14, 2015, these menuki were directly attributed to be the work of Higo Province artist Misumi (三角) circa the middle Edo Period (江戸中期) by the NTHK-NPO and awarded a (kanteisho 鑑定書) certificate. Other names used by the artist Misumi are Kōji (幸次), Harunobu (春信), Masaharu (正春), and Okitsugu (興次). His approximate working period for this artist is between 1650 and 1700 CE according to The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists by Robert Haynes (Index ID# H03438.0).
Yushu-saku NTHK-NPO Inside Cover
The menuki scored so high at the regular shinsa that they were submitted to the year's end (yūshu shinsa 優秀審査) in December 2015. They passed the yūshu shinsa with a direct attribution to Misumi circa the middle Edo Period. Upon passing the kanteisho certificate was returned and a new yūshu-saku certificate was issued. Yūshu-saku certificate is the NTHK-NPO equivalent to the NBTHK Juyo certificate