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The Eight DO

HOKURIKUDO
- The Eight Roads of KOTO




ECHIGO 

MOMOKAWA side comes from OMI, but the HOKURIKU is RAI and SOSHU 
mix. Styles blend when the O-EI wave washes everyone. From TEI-JI
1362, ECHIGO is YAMATO/SOSHU until the O-EI when NOBUKUNI style 
and the OEI mixes with HOKURIKU steel.

         ______
         ECHIGO
            |___________________
      ______|__________         |
     |                 |   _____|_________
     |    MOMOKAWA     |  |               |
     |   TEI-JI 1362   |  |   YAMAMURA    |
     |________________ |  |   O-EI 1394   |
                          |_______________|



TOSHINAGA along with a raft of others was a YAMATO stylist and 
SOSHU student - then traveling to ECHIGO where the 
YAMASHIRO/SOSHU NOBUKUNI styles are of the YAMAMURA.

        _______________
        HOKURIKU ECHIGO

           _________________________________________________
          |  GO YOSHIHIRO teaches NORISHIGE(2) TEI-JI 1362  |
          | This is YAMATO/SOSHU with YAMATO/SOSHU MOMOKAWA |
          |_________________________________________________|
 ________   ________________     ___________   ________________
|        | |                |   |           | |                |
| YAMATO | | SOSHU SADAMUNE |   | YAMASHIRO | | SOSHU SADAMUNE |
|____ ___| |_____ __________|   |_______ ___| |___ ____________|
   __|___________|_______             __|_________|___
  |                      |           |                |
  | OMI TAKAGI TOSHINAGA |           |  KYO NOBUKUNI  |
  |__________ ___________|           |_______ ________|
  ___________|____________          ________|_____________
 |                        |        |                      |
 |   MOMOKAWA NAGAYOSHI   |        |  YAMAMURA MASANOBU   |
 |      TEI-JI 1362       |        |     O-EI 1394        |
 | YAMATO stands strongly |        | KYO/SOSHU in the OEI |
 |________________________|        |______________________| 

OMI was RAI until BIZEN stylists came along on the ROKKAKU 
SEIBATSU of YOSHIHISA. TAKAGI was about SOSHU and YAMATO style 
mixing. Always with sword schools, step back and see just what 
the main style influences were. These men worked along side each
other in an environment just as people do today. 


ECHIGO KANRO - MOMOKAWA School

    KANRO Shallow TORII. ITAME AYASUGI mix.  Possibly SUGUHA but 
    GUNOME-MIDARE or KO-NOTARE MIDARE with SUNAGASHI is expected.

KANRO - MOMOKAWA School                ______________ 
TOSHINAGA (OMI) EN-BUN 1356            HATA NAGAYOSHI BUN-WA 1352
    |__________________________
____|____                  ____|____      _________     
NAGAYOSHI(1) TEI-JI 1362   MITSUNOBU      KUNIYOSHI O-EI 1394    
    |                      TEI-JI 1362    __________             
____|____                                 TSUGUYOSHI EI-KYO 1429 
NAGAYOSHI(2) O-EI 1394                    __________             
    |_______________                      YOSHITSUGU KAN-SHO 1460
____|____       ____|_____                      
NAGAYOSHI(3)    TSUGUYOSHI(1) KA-KICHI 1441  
 BUN-MEI 1469   ____|_____                   _______             
                TSUGUYOSHI(2) BUN-MEI 1469   NAONAGA BUN-MEI 1469
                ____|_____                   _______             
                TSUGUYOSHI(3) EI-SHO 1504    NAONAGA MEI-O 1492  
                __________             
                TSUGUYOSHI TEN-MON 1532
            _________  _________            ________
            KANETATSU  KUNIYOSHI            KANENORI
              - TEN-MON 1532 -              TEN-SHO 1573


HATA NAGAYOSHI BUN-WA: TANTO maker. JI-NIE and CHIKEI on running 
          and standing ITAME HADA. NIE GUNOME KO-MIDARE HA with 
          SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI in clear NIOI-FUKASHI.
    MEI: HATA NAGAYOSHI
         ECHIGO-no-KUNI JU HATA NAGAYOSHI

MITSUNOBU TEI-JI (t: TOSHINAGA): To O-EI. 6.3 SUN MITSU-MUNE, 
        MU-SORI TANTO. Running and standing KO-ITAME with MASAME.
        HOSO-SUGUHA in fine KO-NIE. SUGU KO-MARU KAERI that is
        swept. KIRI YASURI on KURIJIRI NAKAGO.
    MEI: MOMO MITSUNOBU
         MOMO-KI MITSUNOBU
         MOMOKAWA MITSUNOBU

NAGAYOSHI(1) TEI-JI (t: OMI KANRO TOSHINAGA): It has become the
        accepted assumption that NAGAYOSHI is the descendent of
        YAMATO lines and the bringer of its style to ECHIGO. He,
        his teacher, TOSHINAGA and ESSHU NAONAGA have the 
        unmistakable similarity of association. Wide and thin 
        TACHI and TANTO. Running MOKUME with MASAME, AYASUGI mix
        has JI-NIE. CHU-SUGUHA in KO-NIE with ASHI and YO shows 
        SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI. YAKI-KUZURE GUNOME-MIDARE.
        BOSHI: NIE-KUZURE HAKIKAKE of FUKASHI-KAERI. Swords 
        strongly resemble YAMATO style.
    MEI: NAGAYOSHI
         MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI
         MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI SAKU


Momokawa Nagayoshi
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 9 Bu (72.5cm)
Sori: 5 Bu 6 Rin (1.7cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu 5 Rin  (2.9cm)
Saki-haba: 5 Bu 9 Rin (1.8cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 3 Rin (0.7cm)
Kissaki-naga: 1 Sun 2 Rin (3.1cm)
Nakago: 7 Sun 2 Bu 9 Rin (22.1cm)


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Sakizori Tachi with elongated Chu-Kissaki.
Omote has Koshi FutatsuBi to Bo-Hi in the Ji and Ura has Bo-Hi Hori.
Ko-Itame with Masame is Shirake.
A Sugu line has Ko-Gunome-Midare
in Ko-Nie and a tight Nioi-guchi, with Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Hakikake Boshi.
Ubu Nakago has three Mekugi-ana and signed in the Shinogi-Ji:

    Momokawa Ju Nagayoshi


Momokawa Nagayoshi
Juyo Bijutsu-Hin




ECHIGO KANRO - MOMOKAWA School

NAGAYOSHI(2) O-EI: Short KATANA with raised SHINOGI. Made 
SHOBU, U-no-KUBI and long HIRA-TSUKURI TANTO. BO-HI,
FUTASUJI HI, SUKEN and BONJI are seen. AYASUGI HADA
with JI-NIE. CHU width SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA with
SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI. NIE HAKIKAKE pulls UCHINOKE
from the HABUCHI. KO-MARU hides in a HAKIKAKE BOSHI. HA-AGARI KURI-JIRI NAKAGO with KIRI or KATTE SAGARI, left-slanting,
YASURI. MEI: MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI SAKU NAGAYOSHI(3) BUN-MEI (f: NAGAYOSHI 2): Made CHU-KISSAKI
SAKI-ZORI MUROMACHI SUGATA TACHI. NAGAYOSHI roots are
said to fall from NAMBOKUCHO YAMATO SENJUIN style.
The running ITAME matches his time with his place:
HOKURIKU.
SUGU NOTARE from GUNOME in NIE that shows SUNAGASHI
and KINSUJI. NIE-KUZURE HAKIKAKE BOSHI.
His signature is found on the SHINOGI-JI plane of
the NAKAGO. MEI: MOMOKAWA NAGAYOSHI MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI NAGAYOSHI EI-SHO: AYASUGI-HADA. SUGU KO-MIDARE and
KO-GUNOME HA. MEI: MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI ESSHU MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI TSUGUYOSHI SAKU KUNIYOSHI O-EI: Running ITAME with O-HADA. SUGUHA,
NOTARE-MIDARE with SUNAGASHI. MEI: ESSHU MOMOKAWA JU KUNIYOSHI ECHIGO MOMOKAWA JU KUNIYOSHI TSUGUYOSHI KA-KICHI (t: NAGAYOSHI): Large undulating
AYASUGI-HADA. SUGU KO-NOTARE or GUNOME-MIDARE in
falling NIOI where SUNAGASHI flows below HOTSURE.
MIDARE BOSHI to TOGARI and deep KAERI. Said to be a
branch of YAMATO SENJUIN. MEI: ESSHU JU MOMOKAWA TSUGUYOSHI TSUGUYOSHI TEN-MON: MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA and
GUNOME HA. MEI: MOMOKAWA JU TSUGUYOSHI ESSHU MOMOKAWA JU NAGAYOSHI TSUGUYOSHI >From MINO: KANEMITSU BUN-ROKU 1592 TAKADA JU. Transferred to ECHIGO. GUNOME HA in tightly defined NIOI.


Hata Nagayoshi
Nagasa: 7 Sun 7 Bu (23.48cm)
Slightly Uchizori
Moto-haba: 1 Bu (2.1cm)
Moto-kasane: 1 Bu 8 Rin (0.54cm)
Nakago: 2 Sun 5 Bu (7.57cm)


Hira-tsukuri-Ihori-mune, Ko-Furi shallow curve of Ha at Monouchi and very slight Uchizori.
Running Itame-Hada has JiNie.
Nie Gunome Togari Ba moves in Notare waves. Deep Nioi-Fukashi and Sunagashi sees some Kinsuji.
Midare-Komi Boshi has Hakikake in a Ko-Maru. Omote has long fall Kaeri. 
Ubu, gently Furisode Nakago has Kurijiri and two Mekugi-ana.

     Hata Nagayoshi


Hata Nagayoshi


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