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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:23 am    Post subject: “Ono Yoshimitsu’s World of Juka Choji” catalogue revie Reply with quote
Hi all.

I’ve just received my signed copy of the Hayashibara
Museum exhibition catalogue of “Ono Yoshimitsu’s
World of Juka Choji” and I would like to share some
info about it.

It is divided into two sections: “Pursuing Koto
Bizen” and “The Ayumi Chronology”, a chronological
look at Ono’s works entered into the annual
exhibition of the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai
(The Japanese Art Sword Preservation Society)
between the years 1983-1991.
In Pursuing Koto Bizen, Kashima Susumu links 26
blades made by Yoshimitsu to the periods they are
inspired to, from the Ko-Bizen perfected Japanese
sword to the Sue-Bizen chumon-uchi (special order
swords) .

Measurements : 36,50 x 25,50 x 2,00 cm

154 pages, 106 black and white high quality, 30x22
cm pictures of the 26 blades, 3 color pictures of
koshirae and a black and white portrait of the smith.
Japanese language with English translation in a
separate CD.

No ISBN number

Available thru Budoshop, budos@budoshop.co.jp
Kakuta-San speaks English and has the renowned Japanese kindness.





Hereunder I copy and paste the index of the book :


Ono Yoshimitsu’s World of Juka-Choji
Pursuing Koto Bizen / The Ayumi Chronology


Contents

Exhibition Introduction…..Director of The Hayashibara Museum—Okuma Ritsuji
Memories……………………………………... Finance minister—Hashimoto
Ryutaro
Proudly Presenting our Arts to the World…………..President of the Hayashibara
Corporation—Hayashibara Ken
Carrying the Bizen Tradition-Ono
Yoshimitsu……………………..Kashima Susumu
The Yoshimitsu Exhibition………………………………………..Yoshihara
Yoshindo
Plates
Pursuing Koto Bizen…………………………………………………………………
The Ayumi Chronology………………………………………………………
Texts
Pursuing Koto Bizen…………………………………………………Kashima Susumu
Ono Yoshimitsu—Pursuing Koto Bizen……….Kashima
Sususmu/Ono Yoshimitsu
The Ayumi Chronology……………………..…………………...…..Kashima
Susumu

The Ayumi Chronology 1983-1991……….….……………………….Ono
Yoshimitsu
Profile—Ono Yoshimitsu
Epilogue


Acknowledgements
Sword Photography — Okisato Fujishiro
Portrait Photography and Photography — Tom Kishida
Catalogue design — Kanai Kouji
Editor — Kobayashi Kakushi
Translation — Paul Martin



The high quality black and white pictures dimensions
are huge, 30x22 cm to be exact, placing them amongst
the biggest in my library, taken for the upper part,
lower part (with both sides of nakago) and whole
blade, many with an additional picture of the
central part with even more evident and amazing
details of the Hamon, placed in the frontal page of
the caption, caption that has details and historical
description written by both Ono Yoshimitsu and
Kashima Susumu. You find the full translation in the
part 8 of the CD.

This is an example (blade and description are INTENTIONALLY mismatched  )





Quote…
…omissis…

Tachi (Long sword)

Inscription:
Front: Etchigo (no) kuni (ni) oite Yoshimitsu kore (wo) tsukuru
(Yoshimitsu made this in Etchigo Province- Niigata)

Back: Heisei san nen aki kissho bi
(An auspicious day in Fall 1991)

Length: 77.8cm (2 Shaku, 5 sun, 6 bu, 5 rin)

Curvature: 2.8cm (9 bu, 2 rin)

Kashima Susumu

This tachi displays the style of workmanship of the
Ichimonji school from the early Kamakura period.

The blade is quite narrow and is koshi-zori with
funbari and a small point section that is shaped
like the head of a barracuda. The forging is a tight
ko-itame hada and displays utsuri. The hamon is a
large choji-midare that turns into juka-choji with
ko-ashi and plenty of yo mixed in. The nioi-guchi is
tight and the boshi is a deep midare-komi in an
ichimai style with kaeri.

This tachi has met its aim of attaining the feeling
of the early ‘ichi’ signed Kamakura Ichimonji tachi,
and displays the characteristics well.

Ono Yoshimitsu

Early Kamakura blades have a beautiful shape. A
flamboyant juka-choji can be seen creeping up to the
shinogi. After this, they began experimenting with
different juka-choji styles.

As this blade’s mihaba was narrow, it was difficult
to produce a flamboyant hamon.

Polished by Inutsuka Tsuneyuki
Habaki by Nakamura Saido
Shirasaya by Sakai Toshifumi

… unquote


I really like Ono's works and I especially enjoied
this catalogue that links modern blades to specific
historical context in a chronological way and
because of Paul Martin's translation that makes
fully understandable the amazing work of Ono even to
people not familiar with japanese language.


Thanks for your time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Carlo,

Thanks for sharing this. It looks like a very interesting book. One thing, why are the blades and their descriptions mismatched intentionally? I don't get this.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:
Carlo,

Thanks for sharing this. It looks like a very interesting book. One thing, why are the blades and their descriptions mismatched intentionally? I don't get this.


I've mismatched intentionally the thing because of
copyright.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ah, I get it. Thanks!
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