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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:51 am    Post subject: Locations of 108 Imp Cultural Properties Unknown Reply with quote
NHK reported yesterday that a survey by the Bunkachô has revealed that they're not sure of the whereabouts of 108 registered Important Cultural Properties, and one National Treasure.

The one National Treasure that's gone missing is the blade for a tanto, forged by Kunimitsu. Its private owner, who had lived and kept the sword in Tokyo, passed away 18 years ago, and the Bunkachô is as of yet unaware of where the object has since gone.

You can see the brief NHK report in text & video here: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20140704/k10015743531000.html (in Japanese)

And my brief translation/summary/rephrasing of the report here: http://chaari.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/keeping-track-of-national-treasures-is-hard/ (in English)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Did they check US pawn shops?

Or South Korea?

These sorts of things have a tendency to show up in places like that. Just Kidding
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sadly, some objects do turn up in South Korea, stolen by thieves who are then protected (or at least ignored) by the S. Korean government.

I sincerely hope that these things are not turning up in US pawn shops. I know there's conventional wisdom about things being taken during the war or during the Occupation, or that people took advantage of the situation to buy things very cheaply that under normal conditions would never have been parted with so easily, but I read a report recently that at least for Okinawan objects, actually, the vast majority of Okinawan objects in US museums were obtained legally and in an above-board manner. Of course, that doesn't speak for private collections, but at least it's something.

With any luck, the majority of these objects have just gotten lost in the shuffle in terms of paperwork and monitoring, and will soon be accounted for once again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The likliest scenario is that when the collector died his collection was spirited away by family to avoid Japanese taxes which are very high. It will be in an high level collection somewhere in Japan. There are guys who have access to things like this that are bullet-proof. John
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Strangely enough, one of them did recently turn up at an American pawn shop. Scroll down to the third or fourth news story.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
hahaha, brilliant Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tatsunoshi wrote:
Strangely enough, one of them did recently turn up at an American pawn shop. Scroll down to the third or fourth news story.



マジで? Seriously?
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