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#1 Francesco Muci

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:36 AM

Howdy to y'all. Last month I got to follow my wife to Tokyo, for a big tennis tournament, as she works for the WTA. So, what can a bladesmith do in Tokyo?...

Needless to say, I caught the train and went to the Token Japanese Museum. Oh, well, I couldn't take pictures in the exhibit and I am still crying for that because there was a temporary display of the Masatsune workshop and his students... Well, I suffered from Stendhal Syndrome and almost cried in front of a tsuba on which waves were carved with such a grace and, yet, powerful and dynamic that the richness of golden pheasants and colored flowers on other fittings paled to its comparison.

Anyway, I could take pictures, instead, in the Tokyo National Museum so, pictures of Katanas and fittings will come later, when I will have time to upload pics from my camera.

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#2 Francesco Muci

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:38 AM

I don't know why some pics are sideways after uploading... Anyway, more to come later...
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 11:13 AM

Is that the slag bed from the tatara?  Cool!

 

I look forward to the rest of the pictures.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 11:35 AM

Yes, Alaln, it is! I got emotional, looking at it, under the rain, left there on the floor. I wish I had an angle grinder on me. If you read the plates it explains a lot. Next pictures will show also a cross section af the original Tatara. At the gift shop they sell small pieces of Tamahagane in mini boxes and pouches. If they had a bigger one for a price that wouldn't force me to sell a kidney, I would have bought it...
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 12:03 PM

Inside the hall. Here the pics stop. It was forbidden to shoot photos in the exhibit. Sorry guys....

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 12:22 PM

Wow, thanks for sharing the pics.  These are great!


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 12:38 PM

Thank you! Wait for the hot ones...
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 02:07 PM

Some more pics. Tokyo is a beautiful jewel where the ancient meets the modern... I hope I can go back soon...


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 02:27 PM

This just further cements my need to take a trip to Japan!! These pics are awesome, looking forward to the rest/more!



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 03:05 PM

Thank you! The trip is indeed worth every single penny, Floyd! Such an incredible experience. I will try to gather some words to express how I felt when I was there...
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Posted 24 October 2016 - 11:45 AM

Incredible exhibit, and pictures. Thank you. One day I hope to take some there myself.


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