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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. 
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Full Koshirae View

Full Koshirae View

A complete set of matching fittings (koshirae 拵) for a long sword (katana 刀) likely assembled during the late Edo Period circa late 1700s to early to mid 1800s.

Tsuba Omote (鐔表)

Tsuba Omote (鐔表)

The large iron tsuba shows a scene from Chinese folklore of the legendry alchemist Toad Immortal (Gama Sennin 蝦蟇仙人) with gold inlay highlights.

Tsuba Ura (鐔裏)

Tsuba Ura (鐔裏)

The scenic design is continued with gold accents on reverse side of the of the tsuba.

Full Handle View

Full Handle View

A complete view of the handle (tsuka 柄) and handguard (tsuba 鐔).

Tsuka #1

Tsuka #1

The handle which is original is wrapped in high quality rayskin leather and lacquered dark silk.

Tsuka #2

Tsuka #2

The large handle ordainments are that of a rain dragon (unryū 雲龍).

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Full Handle View

A complete view of the handle (tsuka 柄) and handguard (tsuba 鐔).