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.
menuki raised by uchidashi
Edited by Jim Kelso, 18 March 2014 - 06:45 AM.