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The Eight DO
TOSANDO
The Eight Roads of KOTO 
Omi





    
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AWATAGUCHI ARIYUKI 
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    GYOKU  ARIMASA 
    BUN-RYAKU 1234 
-Lake BIWA is the long standing "Great Wall", holding board-center of the great game. Armorers and their well-armed patrons, ODA, SHINGEN, etc, place history. KOTETSU's family, SAWAYAMA, etc,
    -Style schematic
    - RAI from YAMASHIRO, 
    -SOSHU in TAKAGI
    -SHIMOSAKA etc. 

BIZEN comes with YOSHIHISA's SEIBATSU //////map/schematic///


OMI - CHUDO RAI MITSUKANE School

_____________      RAI KUNITOSHI EN-KEI 1308              |__________________________     ________|____                  ____|____      RAI MITSUKANE(1) SHO-WA 1312   KUNITOSHI SHO-CHU 1324     _________|____________________ _____________   | ________|____        ________|____     ____|____  AWAZU RAI    | RAI MITSUKANE(2)     RAI MICHISADA     YOSHIKANE(1)    |  EI-TOKU 1381          KEM-MU 1334         | RYAKU-O 1338    |                                            |___________    |                                        ____|_____    __|_____   |                                        YOSHIKANE(2)  NORIKANE   |________________________                   _|_ - EI-WA 1375 -  __|______ TOTSU RAI    ____|_____ CHUDO RAI    |  MORICHIKA BUN-WA 1352  YOSHICHIKA KEM-MU 1334  | __|_____               ____|_____              | _____________ MORISUKE TEI-JI 1362   YOSHICHIKA EI-WA 1375   | RAI YORISHIGE  __|_____               ____|_____              |     O-EI 1394 MORISUKE EI-TOKU 1381  YOSHICHIKA O-EI 1394    | __|_____      _______________  __________  ____|_____  ________ MORISUKE      ISHIDO SUKENAGA  KATSUMITSU  YOSHITSUGU  MASANORI O-EI 1394     __________| - YOSHIHISA's CHO-KYO 1487 SEIBATSU -          ____|____  ____|____           MURAYOSHI  SUKETSUGU       CHO-KYO SEIBATSU brings             - EI-SHO 1504 -                   BIZEN style to OMI


OMI - CHUDO RAI MITSUKANE School 
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TOTSU RAI is established as CHUDO RAI.  MITSUKANE's travels.  

MITSUKANE SHO-WA (t: RAI KUNITOSHI): At first a student of BIZEN            OSAFUNE NAGAMITSU, he traveled to YAMASHIRO to study            with RAI KUNITOSHI. He and members of the RAI School            moved to TOTSU in OMI and were known as the TOTSU RAI.           It is said their work for the NEMOTO CHUDO Main Hall of           the TODAIJI sect in ENRYAKU-JI Temple on HIEIZAN            between YAMASHIRO and OMI earned them the moniker,            CHUDO RAI. Another story says CHUDO RAI derives from            RAI founder, KUNIYUKI working near the CHUDO-JI Temple            along the SUSAKA in KYOTO. RAI KUNITOSHI signatures on            OMI work spell it a contemporary theme:                           RAI MINAMOTO KUNITOSHI OITE CHUDO SAKU      MITSUKANE: KO-ITAME HADA. Masterfully done JI-NIE and CHIKEI           in all areas of the blade. HOSO-SUGU resembling            RAI KUNIMITSU and the wide CHU-SUGUHA seen through the            work of the students of Three-characters RAI KUNITOSHI.           MITSUKANE SUGUHA may show HOTSURE. NIE is strong.           BOSHI are KO-MARU or O-MARU and KAERI falls.       MEI: While some are regular, it is noted that his MITSU will           seem somewhat raised on the left, while the KANE tilts           up on the right. As with all controversy regarding MEI,           the secret of a master is in the work.            Note: MITSUKANE known for SUGUHA, usually HOSO-SUGU,           and thick blades.     MEI: MITSUKANE


MEIBUTSU TANTO - "MIDARE-MITSUKANE"
NAGASA: 9.8 SUN                        MOTO-HABA: 8 BU
    SORI: MU-SORI
NAKAGO: 3.2 SUN

MITSUKANE was a RAI KUNITOSHI student and is famous for his adherence to RAI KUNITOSHI style  SUGUHA. The KATAOCHI "Stooped-shoulders" GUNOME-MIDARE this TANTO displays is in the OSAFUNE school style originated by OSAFUNE KAGEMITSU.
MITSUKANE first studied sword making as a youth under KAGEMITSU's father, NAGAMITSU and speculation has naturally followed placing this piece as early, or made in reverence of his early roots. The name MIDARE MITSUKANE defines it an unusual SUGUHA departure.
It is considered unique among his works.
HIRA-TSUKURI, MU-SORI TANTO has strongly placed HI walking the MUNE.
MOKUME HADA has rather weak JI-NIE when compared with other MITSUKANE RAI-style examples.
GUNOME leans softly in different directions. Small KO-ASHI drop occasionally while a few YO find the mid. SUNAGASHI runs quietly and fine KINSUJI drape delicate threads.INAZUMA arcs through the URA lower.
KO-MARU BOSHI resists the sweep of HAKIKAKE brushing NIOI and NIE to the SAKI.
UBU, two MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO has his two-character MEI where the MITSU curtseys to the right and the KANE bends left.

Midare-Mitsukane
Juyo Bunkazai


    
OMI - RAI MITSUKANE School
YOSHIKANE(1) RYAKU-O (f: MITSUKANE): AWAZU JU smiths were called 
          the AWAZU RAI. Old FURISODE style TANTO. HOSO-SUGUHA 
          with TOGARI-ASHI. Small MEI on SUJIKAI YASURI.
    MEI: YOSHIKANE

YOSHIKANE(2) EI-WA (f: YOSHIKANE): Makes swords at TOTSU, the
        scene of the OTSU Battle, ROKKAKU TAKAYORI's MEI-O 1492
        loss and retreat from SHOGUN ASHIKAGA YOSHITANE's forces.
        OTSU saw YOSHITANE defeated by YOSHIZUMI seven years 
        later; and NOBUNAGA built SAKAMOTO Castle there. ASHIKAGA
        YOSHIHISA had died in OMI during his CHO-KYO SEIBATSU and
        was replaced by YOSHITANE who met ROKKAKU TAKAYORI at 
        OTSU. The armaments support group for these ventures 
        transformed the RAI MITSUKANE sword style with BIZEN 
        influence for descendant, YOSHITSUGU, MEI-O 1492.
        See YOSHITSUGU below. The TOTSU group of YOSHIKANE(2) and
        fellows, MORICHIKA and group, is called the TOTSU RAI. 
    MEI: YOSHIKANE

NORIKANE EI-WA (t: YOSHIKANE): AWAZU RAI. MOKUME. SUGUHA and
        NOTARE BA. 
    MEI: RAI NORIKANE
         OMI RAI NORIKANE
         GOSHU RAI NORIKANE

MORICHIKA BUN-WA (t: MITSUKANE): MOKUME. HOSO-SUGUHA and NOTARE.
    MEI: MORICHIKA

MORISUKE TEI-JI (f: MORICHIKA): TOTSU RAI. MOKUME. KO-MIDARE BA. 

YOSHICHIKA KEM-MU (t: MITSUKANE):  CHUDO RAI.  Fine MOKUME or RAI
        style NASHIJI. HOSO-SUGUHA and NOTARE BA.
    MEI: YOSHICHIKA

YOSHITSUGU MEI-O:ASHIKAGA YOSHIHISA brought BIZEN SAKYO-no-SHIN
        students to OMI including BIZEN KATSUMITSU accompanying
        AKAMATSU MASANORI (HARIMA - MIMASAKA). AWAZU YOSHIKANE
        line finishes with BIZEN influence in CHO-KYO. HADA is 
        KO-MOKUME. YOSHITSUGU shows KATSUMITSU's SUE-BIZEN style
        GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO, a style 
        patterned after BIZEN's famous O-EI roots. BIZEN style 
        KURIKATA HORIMONO. See SUE-BIZEN MUNEMITSU/KATSUMITSU. 
    MEI: OMI-no-KUNI YOSHITSUGU 
         GOSHU YASU-GORI TAMATSUKURI-SHO YOSHITSUGU SAKU

Many smiths attend MASANORI's SEIBATSU (Siege of Omi) Sojourn.

KATSUMITSU CHO-KYO: See SUE-BIZEN MASANORI CHO-KYO: DAIMYO. Also maker. Warrior first, however.  See MIMASAKA and HARIMA for information and example piece.
OMI - RAI MITSUKANE School
SUKENAGA CHO-KYO:   ISHIDO Founder at GAMO-GORI ISHIDO-JI Temple.
        ICHIMONJI SUKEMUNE descendant from BIZEN. He followed 
        ASHIKAGA YOSHIHISA for the siege of SASAKI ROKKAKU 
        TAKAYORI with SAKYOnoSHIN MUNEMITSU students. One was 
        KATSUMITSU of AKAMATSU MASANORI's HARIMA. SUKENAGA aided
        BIZEN influence in OMI with drawn MOKUME HADA and 
        KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA, ICHIMONJI-style. Result: OMI offers 
        BIZEN style to the SENGOKU
    MEI: GOSHU GAMO JU SUKENAGA SAKU

SUKETSUGU EI-SHO (t: ISHIDO SUKENAGA): GOSHU GAMO JU SUKETSUGU

MURAYOSHI EI-SHO (grf: SUKENAGA): SUE-BIZEN Style. 
    MEI: GAMO JU MURAYOSHI
         GOSHO GAMO JU MURAYOSHI
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