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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. 
New to My Collection
Umetada Tsuba (埋忠鐔)

Umetada Tsuba (埋忠鐔)

This is a handguard (tsuba 鐔) made of forged iron (tetsu 鉄). It is large in size and likely made to be mounted on a long sword (katana 刀).

Omote (表)

Omote (表)

The inner most design is that of cherry blossoms (sakura 桜).

Ura (裏)

Ura (裏)

The overall shape of the tsuba forms a outer design that I am not sure what it is. It might be a stylized ying-yang symbol (inyo 陰陽) but I am unsure.

Art View

Art View

The tsuba is signed on the front: 'Umetada (埋忠), Yamashiro ju (山城住)'.

Box View

Box View

The tsuba measures 7.9 cm wide by 8.4 cm high. The tsuba is 4.0 mm thick at the rim with an overall uniform thickness.

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Box View

The tsuba measures 7.9 cm wide by 8.4 cm high. The tsuba is 4.0 mm thick at the rim with an overall uniform thickness.