BUNGO CHOEN Smiths Come to Stand the Coast *
KO-CHIKUZEN School is said to have kept a tenacious hold to the great traditions of the past, an inference of the style separation from the impact of the SOSHU-DEN to their CHIKUZEN son, SA. Made old style TACHI and wide TANTO. KO-MOKUME mix with MASAME and O-HADA. SUGU KO-MIDARE with KO-ASHI and YO. Deep NIOI.
__________________ KO-CHIKUZEN School ______________________________________ TAKATSUNA KONGOBYOE Founder from BIZEN GEN-KYU 1204 ___|__ ______ RYOSAI Founder BUN-RYAKU 1234 to KO-AN 1278 JITSUA(1) |____________________________________ NIN-JI 1240 ___|__ ___|__ SAIREN KO-AN 1278 to BUN-PO 1317 NYUSAI (AKI JU) |________________________ EI-NIN 1293 ___|__ ___|____ JITSUA(2) KA-GEN 1303 TAMENAGA KA-REKI 1326 ___| O-SA "The Great SA" RYAKU-O 1338 JITSUA(1) NIN-JI: BUNGO JU. Of the CHOEN line. JITSUA(2), father of SA, is the namesake and grandson. KO-CHIKUZEN smiths came from BUNGO to arm KYUSHU against the horde. TAKATSUNA GEN-KYU (f: TAKAMITSU): KO-BIZEN comes to the mountains of CHIKUZEN to found the YAMABUSHI KONGOBYOE. Dates are all vague. Work must be determined from the sword in hand. Early KAMAKURA TACHI SUGATA. Standing ITAME HADA with JI-NIE. HAMON of KO-MIDARE KO-CHOJI BA. TAKATSUNA RYOSAI KO-AN (f: TAKATSUNA): Founder in CHIKUZEN. Real name is KORESUKE. KANMURI-OTOSHI TANTO. Known pieces have been reduced by polish and are thin and narrow. There is an UCHIZORI thought to have been MU-SORI. Blades are IHORI- MUNE. JI-NIE on running ITAME with MASAME that stands. AYASUGI touted. SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE in KO-NIE and NIOI that falls. There is HOTSURE. BOSHI: NOTARE with KO-MARU. RYOSAI CHIKUSHU JU KORESUKE SAIREN - KUNIYOSHI (f: RYOSAI): HOJO SADATOKI's SHIKKEN (military regency) saw KUNIYOSHI in service to CHINZAI DANGISHO "The defense of KYUSHU" from which his signature HAKATA DANGISHO first appeared in KO-AN 9 (1286). Old style KO-KISSAKI TACHI with FUNBARI. Running MASAME strongly furrows his coarse, standing ITAME. NIOI-SUGU with KO-ASHI where the NIOI is weak. His work carries the continuance of the classical KYUSHU CHOEN style (see BUZEN).
NYUSAI EI-NIN (f: RYOSAI): A smith of the YUKIHIRA line in BUNGO, he transferred to CHIKUZEN for the defense of KYUSHU. Moved to AKI in EI-NIN 5 (1297). Narrow KO-KISSAKI TACHI with strong SORI. Running KO-MOKUME with MASAME. JI-NIE veil is dappled on the surface. HOSO-SUGU KO-MIDARE in KO-NIE and NIOI. BOSHI is KO-MARU KAERI. JITSUA(2) KA-GEN (f: SAIREN): Joined his father at HAKATA. SHIRA- KERU "Turbid" running ITAME that stands out. Steel is coarse, like his father's. SUGUHA has KINSUJI in the HABUCHI where NIOI is weak. Their line has coarse, running HADA and weak NIOI - the appraisal mark.
HAKATA Bay In CHIKUZEN - MOKU-SHURAI - "The Invasion of the Mongols"
KAMIKAZE "The Divine Wind"
On August 15, 1281, KAMEYAMA-JOKO, the retired father of Emperor GO-UDA, appeared before AMATERASU "The Divine Goddess of the Sun" in ISE asking her intervention on behalf of Japan.
900 Korean ships with
10,000 infantry and
17,000 sailors had ferried 15,000 Chinese and
Mongol troops to rendezvous
at IKI Island with the 3,500 ship Chinese
"Yang-tze" task-force of 60,000
navy carrying 100,000 soldiers to conquer the Land
of the Gods.
summer - the
well-planned, long awaited summer.