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#1 Jim Kelso

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 02:37 PM

Toshimasa-Sensei (Sakai Masaichi) passed on March 10, 2014 at the age of 90. It's my understanding that for many years he was Mukansa (beyond judging) at the yearly kodogu competition in Tokyo.

 

I visited Toshimasa Sensei three times since 1988 and he was very generous, answering freely any questions I had concerning chokin (metal engraving, fabrication). I had an appointment to see him in 2011 but he had to cancel due to health. We received a New Year greeting in January with a photo of him and his wife in Arashiyama, Kyoto and he seemed in good health. 

 

He taught himself chokin after having made pistols earlier. I will miss his passion, artistry and generosity.

 

Here are three photos of his work. I'll try to scan some others soon. 

 

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#2 Tim Scarlatti

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:08 PM

WOW! just WOW! RIP. Hats off to him.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 10:05 PM

That's very sad to hear of Toshimasa's death, at least he lived a full life and left some beautiful artwork behind. Hopefully you learned something from him while he was alive.



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:14 AM

Beautiful work.
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Posted 16 March 2014 - 12:45 PM

Beautiful!  Much respect to the artist.  How nice that you knew him.


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#6 Jim Kelso

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 01:18 PM

Thanks guys. Next week I'll make a tribute at my web-journal with more photos. For now here is one other tsuba:

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:12 PM

Thanks for this post Jim.  Wonderful work...


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#8 Jim Kelso

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:42 PM

With his family's permission, I have made a gallery with many more photos of Toshimasa sensei's work here:

 

http://www.jimkelso....Memorial/album/



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 08:10 AM

Thanks Jim, a fitting tribute to a great artist! He sure produced stunningly beautifull work, the world shall be a lot poorer without him!
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