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The Eight DO
HOKURIKUDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO




KO-ETCHU School     * KUNIMITSU arrives from YAMATO *

The SOSHU KAMAKURA club splits apart for NAMBOKUCHO. SA and the 
SAIKAIDO to the south, ETCHU and the HOKURIKU to the north. These
affiliations forged the MUROMACHI schools to the coming SENGOKU. 
KO-ETCHU was a brief period following the fading NORISHIGE School
before O-EI 1394. Narrow, thick blades. KO-MOKUME with MASAME. 
GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
_________            
KUNIMITSU(1) KO-UDA Founder BUN-PO 1317
    |________________________ _____________ ____________________
____|____                ____|____     ____|____                |
KUNIMITSU(2) KO-AN 1361  KUNISHIGE(1)  KUNITSUGU(1) EN-BUN 1356 |
____|____                EN-BUN 1356   ____|____                |
KUNIMITSU(3) O-EI 1394                 KUNITSUGU(2)             |
____|____                              SHI-TOKU 1384            |
KUNIMITSU(4) KYO-TOKU 1452                                      |
____|____                                                       |
KUNIMITSU(5) MEI-O 1492                                         |
     ___________________________________________________________|
____|___                
SADAMUNE(1) KEM-MU 1334 
    |________________ ________________________ _________________
____|___          ___|_____                ___|____             |
SADAMUNE(2) O-EI  MORIYOSHI EN-BUN 1356    TOMOYUKI KEM-MU 1334 |
____|___          ___|____                 ___|____             |
SADAMUNE(3)       TOMOHISA(1) TEI-JI 1362  TOMOYUKI TEI-JI 1362 |
HO-TOKU 1449      ___|_____                ___|_____            |
                  TOMOTSUGU(1) EI-TOKU     MORIYOSHI O-EI 1394  |
                  ___|_____        1381    ___|_____            |
                  TOMOTSUGU(2) O-EI 1394   MORIYOSHI            |
                  ___|____                 BUN-AN 1444          |
________          TOMOHISA(3) EI-KYO 1429  _________            |
TOMOHIRO(1) TEI-JI         _______         YOSHIHISA O-AN 1368  |
____|___       1362        MITSUYO       _______                |
TOMOHIRO(2) O-EI 1394     EI-KYO 1429    HISAIYE SHI-TOKU 1384  |
    __________________________ __________________________ ______|
___|____                  ____|____                  ____|____    
TOMONORI(1) KEM-MU 1334   TOMOMITSU(1) TEI-JI 1362   MITSUMUNE  
___|____                  ____|____                 EI-TOKU 1381 
TOMONORI(2) TEI-JI 1362   TOMOMITSU(2)   _________
___|____                  O-EI 1394      TOMOSHIGE MEI-TOKU 1390
TOMONORI(3) EI-TOKU 1381                 ________             
   |___________ ____________             TOMOYASU(1) O-EI 1394  
___|____    ___|____    ____|____        ___|____               
TOMONORI(4) TOMOHISA(2) TOMOMOCHI        TOMOYASU(2) BUN-MEI 1469
   |      - O-EI 1394 -      ________  
___|____                     HISATOMI EI-KYO 1429
TOMONORI(5) KYO-TOKU 1452    _________      
___|_____                    TOMOYOSHI          _________ _______
TOMOTSUGU(3) BUN-MEI 1469   CHO-ROKU 1457       TOMOSHIGE TOMOIYE
   |____________________ ______________          - MEI-O 1492 -
___|____ -brothers- ____|____      ____|____
TOMONORI            YOSHINORI      TOMOTSUGU(4) EI-SHO 1504
EI-SHO 1504         EN-TOKU 1489   ____|____
                                   TOMOTSUGU(5) TEN-MON 1532

    Main Players: __________________
                  KO-ETCHU KUNIMITSU(1) BUN-PO 1317
                               |________ ________
                           ____|___ ____|___ ____|____
                           TOMONORI TOMOYUKI MORIYOSHI


KUNIMITSU BUN-PO: KO-NYUDO. Brought SENJUIN style from YAMATO UDA 
          to found the KO-ETCHU UDA School. 
          KUNIMITSU(2) - See following UDA School
    MEI: UDA KUNIMITSU
 Tokubetsu Juyo Uda Kunimitsu 

KUNITSUGU(1) EN-BUN (f: KO-NYUDO KUNIMITSU): 3rd son of
        KUNIMITSU.
    MEI: KUNITSUGU

KUNITSUGU(2) SHI-TOKU: Worked to O-EI 1394.
    MEI: KUNITSUGU

TOMONORI(1) KEM-MU (f: SADAMUNE): NORISHIGE line KAJI. 
    MEI: TOMONORI

TOMONORI(2) TEI-JI: Buddhist name: SAKON. NAMBOKUCHO makes its 
        mark. TANTO in MOKUME with MASAME. KO-NIE KO-GUNOME HA.
        Went to KAGA later.
    MEI: SAKON TOMONORI

TOMONORI(3) EI-TOKU (f: TOMONORI): Pieces from EI-TOKU 1381 to
        the O-EI. SUGU, KO-GUNOME and KO-MIDARE BA. Resembles
        FUJISHIMA work. Usually two character MEI. Signatures 
        with "UDA" as a leader generally originate forward of 
        O-EI. TOMONORI found in  EI-KYO 1429, KYO-TOKU 1452,
        BUN-MEI 1469 and EI-SHO 1504.
    MEI: TOMONORI
TOMOHISA O-EI (f: TOMONORI): Two character MEI: TOMOHISA. 

TOMOYUKI(1) KEM-MU (f: SADAMUNE): MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA and
        NOTARE-MIDARE HA.
    MEI: TOMOYUKI

TOMOYUKI(2) TEI-JI: SUGUHA.
    MEI: TOMOYUKI

MORIYOSHI(1) EN-BUN:  KO-ETCHU differential to UDA. Worked from KEM-MU.MOKUME with MASAME. SUGU GUNOME-CHOJI BA.     MEI: MORIYOSHI MORIYOSHI O-EI (f: TOMOYUKI): Last of KO-ETCHU Group into O-EI.         BUN-AN smith follows, differentiate by style.     MEI: MORIYOSHI TOMOHISA(1) TEI-JI (f: MORIYOSHI): There are few swords. GUNOME.     MEI: TOMOHISA HISAIYE SHI-TOKU: Worked in O-EI 1394. GUNOME-MIDARE HA.     MEI: HISAIYE          UDA HISAIYE TOMOHIRO(1) TEI-JI: Worked to EI-WA 1375. MOKUME HADA with          MASAME. SUGU KO-GUNOME HA.     MEI: TOMOHIRO TOMOHIRO(2) O-EI (f: TOMOHIRO 1): Work period from MEI-TOKU 1390         to O-EI. Made narrow and thick, CHU-KISSAKI, FUNBARI          TACHI. Pulled KO-MOKUME HADA with MASAME resembling          AYASUGI HADA. NIE KO-GUNOME crowds TOGARI BA. UTSURI          flashes on the YAKIDASHI. Two character MEI signed large         above the ANA: TOMOHIRO.     MEI: TOMOHIRO

KO-ETCHU UDA School


Uda Kunimitsu

The revered root of Uda School. His works are extremely rare.  
Itame/Mokume Hada with JiNie has Masa along the Mune

Much Hataraki is developed along an easy Midare Ba that becomes deeper through the upper.

Ubu Furisode Nakago  has Two Mekugi-ana

Signed:    Kunimitsu










KO-ETCHU UDA School
SANEMOTO O-EI (t: MASATOSHI): Worked at TONAMI-GORI. He was born 
          in IWAMI and worked in NOTO making arrow-heads. MOKUME. 
          SUGUHA and GUNOME HA.
    MEI: SEKISHU IZUHA JU SANEMOTO
         NOTO TAMESUZAKI JU SANEMOTO

MITSUYO EI-KYO: TONAMI-GORI. IMAMURA JU. MOKUME with MASAME. SUGU
        KO-MIDARE in a NOTARE undulation. 
    MEI: KAKIHA-GORI JU MITSUYO
         ETCHU IMAMURA JU MITSUYO
         ETCHU KAKIHA-GORI JU MITSUYO


TOMOTSUGU(1) EI-TOKU (f: TOMOHISA, gr: MORIYOSHI): KO-ETCHU smith
        whose line falls from UDA KUNIMITSU. The MUROMACHI of
        O-EI BIZEN and KAGA FUJISHIMA Schools blend with KO-UDA 
        to stitch his progeny to the fabric of new styles. MOKUME
        has CHIKEI and an even JI-NIE. Look for MASAME in the 
        SHINOGI-JI. KO-NIE KO-GUNOME from KO-CHOJI has great 
        clarity. KINSUJI alights in SUNAGASHI. HAKIKAKE BOSHI 
        hides KO-MARU KAERI. His two character, round-stroked MEI
        is signed large below the ANA. 
    MEI: TOMOTSUGU 

TOMOTSUGU(2) O-EI: TONAMI-GORI KAWASAKI Village. From O-EI 1394
        to EI-KYO 1429. KAGA FUJISHIMA style. 
    MEI: TOMOTSUGU

TOMOTSUGU(3) BUN-MEI (t: TOMONORI): GUNOME-MIDARE with SUNAGASHI.
          Used UDA as a leader in his MEI. 
    MEI: UDA TOMOTSUGU 

TOMOTSUGU(4) EI-SHO: TONAMI-GORI KAWASAKI-MURA JU. SUGUHA and
        GUNOME-MIDARE HA. Three character MEI. 
    MEI: TOMOTSUGU SAKU 

TOMOTSUGU(5) TEN-MON: HIKOKURO. TONAMI-GORI at KAWASAKI-MURA. He
        worked from TEN-MON 1532 through EI-ROKU 1558. Running
        ITAME that stands. KO-NIE in clear NIOI make GUNOME and
        KO-MIDARE BA where SUNAGASHI is seen. MUROMACHI 
        TOMOTSUGU: FUJISHIMA style was embraced in their work.
    MEI: TOMOTSUGU
         HIKOKURO SAKU TOMOTSUGU
         ETCHU-no-KUNI SURUGA JU TOMOTSUGU SAKU

TOMOHISA(3) EI-KYO (f: KUNIFUSA, t: TOMOTSUGU): Work appears from
        HO-TOKU 1449.
    MEI: TOMOHISA

TOMOIYE MEI-O: SUGUHA or GUNOME-MIDARE patterns.
    MEI: UDA TOMOIYE 






Uda Tomotsugu
Nagasa: 68.4cm

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Shinogi is raised.
Running Itame Mokume has JiNie.
Gunome Ko-Choji-Midare Ba undulates. Nioi is Fukashi and white. Sunagashi pulls across Ashi and Yo.
Well-cared for, Ubu Kurijiri Nakago is signed Niji-Mei in round strokes below the Ana.

              Tomotsugu










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