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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. 
Display Case in my Study
Display Case in my Study

Display Case in my Study

A small collection of items from my private collection that I have in a display case in my study. Both tsuba on display are from Higo Province (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture) and dating from the late Edo Period circa the early to mid-19th Century.

Taniseibei Tsuba (谷清兵衛鐔)

Taniseibei Tsuba (谷清兵衛鐔)

The popular design of cherry blossoms gathered by the wind (fukiyosezakure 吹寄櫻) on this tsuba is rendered in fine gold fabric style inlays (kin-nunome zōgan 金布目象厳). The worn appearance of some of the inlays is intentional to impart the sense of impermanence a characteristic of cherry blossoms.

Fukunobu Tsuba (深信鐔)

Fukunobu Tsuba (深信鐔)

The design done in positive openwork (ji-sukashi 地透) is that of pine tree (matsu-ju 松樹). The details of the design are nicely finished using hairline carving (kebori 毛彫). The tsuba displays an extremely smooth polished surface with a reddish-black patina characteristic of the Kamiyoshi (神吉) School.

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Taniseibei Tsuba (谷清兵衛鐔)

The popular design of cherry blossoms gathered by the wind (fukiyosezakure 吹寄櫻) on this tsuba is rendered in fine gold fabric style inlays (kin-nunome zōgan 金布目象厳). The worn appearance of some of the inlays is intentional to impart the sense of impermanence a characteristic of cherry blossoms.