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BIZEN




FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI NOBUFUSA School
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NOBUSANE GEN-RYAKU 1184
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NOBUFUSA SHO-GEN 1207  
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NOBUFUSA SHO-GEN 1207      MUNEYORI KEN-NIN 1201
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   |                       TAMEKIYO SHO-KYU 1219
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   |                       NAGASUYE TOKU-JI 1306
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NOBUKANE            NAGASUKE                NOBUMASA SHO-KYU 1219
   | SHO-KYU 1219   SHO-GEN 1207               |__________
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   |                                        NOBUMASA   NOBUYASU
   |                                         - KEN-CHO 1249 -
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NOBUKANE   YUKIKANE     SUKETAKA NIN-JI 1240   SUKETOMO  
 - KEN-CHO 1249 -       ___|____               KAN-GEN 1243  
                        NORISUKE KO-AN 1278   
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CHIKANOBU KEN-CHO 1249  NORITSUNA KA-GEN 1303 
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NORITERU GEN-O 1319     YOSHITSUNA SHO-WA 1312   See KOZORI            

NOBUFUSA SHO-GEN (f: NOBUSANE): Twenty-four GOBAN - 9th month.
        NOBU form: SHIN "Trust." Early work resembles KO-BIZEN
        NOBUFUSA but SUGATA will be early KAMAKURA. KO-MIDARE of
        KO-CHOJI where NIE JI-BA is stronger than KO-BIZEN.
                             Two-character MEI: Early KAMAKURA
                           Three-character MEI: KO-BIZEN HEIAN
        Also attributed YAKIBA: NIE-FUKASHI JUKA CHOJI-MIDARE.

NOBUFUSA SHO-GEN (NOBUFUSA): SHO-GEN GOBAN - 3rd month. SAKON
        SHOGEN. FUKUOKA JU. NOBU form: I "Extend." Some say 
        father was NOBUFUSA others, NOBUSANE - the MASATSUNE line
        smith (See MASATSUNE School). ITAME HADA. KO-NIE 
        KO-MIDARE KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA has KINSUJI. SUGU BOSHI.
        Large MEI that slants upward to the right.

NAGASUKE SHO-GEN: Twenty-four GOBAN - 2nd month. SAKON SHOGEN.
        FUKUOKA JU. KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA in NIE.

NOBUMASA SHO-KYU (f: NOBUFUSA): OKI GOBAN - 9th and 10th months.
        GONSABURO. NAGAHARA GON-no-KAMI. ITAME HADA. KO-NIE 
        SUGUHA with ASHI or KO-MIDARE BA of KO-CHOJI where 
        KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI pull and run. MIDARE BOSHI. Two-
        character MEI at the MUNE, appears like a ladder - a 
        string of rungs nailed to a tree.
    MEI: NOBUMASA
         NOBUMASA SAKU


ICHIMONJI NOBUFUSA School NOBUMASA KEN-CHO: JUKA-CHOJI MIDARE BA.     MEI: NOBUMASA NOBUYASU KEN-CHO (t: NOBUMASA): KO-NIE KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA.         NOBUYASU may have included a SAKU in his MEI although          there is popular writing that seems to paint three          character MEI to KO-BIZEN. Examine specimens for time.         NOBUYASU in BUN-EI and another seen in NAGAMITSU's          OSAFUNE, pupil of NOBUNAO, around SHO-WA 1312. MUNEYORI KEN-NIN (t: NOBUFUSA): KO-ICHIMONJI. KO-KISSAKI, FUNBARI         TACHI SUGATA. ITAME HADA with JI-NIE and standing MIDARE-         UTSURI. KO-NIE KO-MIDARE BA has ASHI and YO which brings         a CHOJI-MIDARE to the pattern. MIDARE BOSHI. TAMEKIYO SHO-KYU (f: MUNEYORI): Swords made in the transition of         early KAMAKURA to mid. MOKUME HADA. Early work: Much          KO-NIE in the general area of the HABUCHI where his          KO-MIDARE BA is seen. Later work competes with the time:         Standing UTSURI contrasts NIOI KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.         Perhaps large KOSHIBA. Early period MEI is small, late          work, large. Appears very cursive. Note that there was a         KO-BIZEN TAMEKIYO and TAMEKIYO in OSAFUNE at BUN-PO.      TAMEKIYO NAGASUYE TOKU-JI (f: TAMEKIYO): OSAFUNE JU.       BISHU OSAFUNE JU NAGASUYE NOBUKANE SHO-KYU (f: NOBUFUSA): SAKON SHOGEN. KO-NIE KO-MIDARE of             KO-CHOJI BA. NORISUKE BUN-EI (t: NOBUKANE, f: SUKETAKA): KO-MIDARE and CHOJI-         MIDARE BA.      NORISUKE      BIZENnoKUNI FUKUOKA JU NORISUKE SUKETAKA NIN-JI (f: NOBUKANE): YUKIKANE KEN-CHO (f: NOBUKANE): FUKUOKA JU. Worked from the         transition into the mid KAMAKURA. ITAME has standing          MIDARE-UTSURI. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA becomes OBUSA CHOJI of         great expression. SUKETOMO KAN-GEN (f: NOBUKANE): ITAME HADA with MASAME. SUGUHA         and CHOJI-MIDARE BA. NORITERU GEN-O: CHOJI-MIDARE BA.     MEI: NORITERU          BIZEN-no-KUNI NORITERU CHIKANOBU KEN-CHO: NIOI-DEKI CHOJI-MIDARE BA.
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