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The Eight DO
SAIKAIDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO




HIGO ENJU School  
                       HIROMURA  brings SHIKKAKE and RAI to HIGO.
                       Finely worked KONE-TSUCHI "Mud" KO-MOKUME.
ENJU famous for SHIRA-KERU "Turbid-white." This frothy off-white 
film clings in the grain and gives the appearance one might find 
in an aerial view of the open sea. SUGU KO-MIDARE, SUGU-KUZURE BA, 
SUGUHA with ASHI in NIE. BOSHI are KO-MARU. Can be NIJU.
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YAMATO SENJUIN SHIGEMURA (MOKUSA Student)
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HIROMURA BUN-O to SHO-O 1288
    |______________________
____|___                ___|____
KUNIMURA SHO-WA 1312    KUNITOKI KEN-JI 1275
  |_______________ ____________ _____________ __________    
__|______      ___|____     ___|____      ___|____  ____|___
KUNIYOSHI(1)   KUNIYASU(1)  KUNISUKE(1)   KUNINOBU  KUNITOKI(1) 
  | KEM-MU 1334   | -KA-REKI 1326 -       ___|___    BUN-PO 1317
  |               |_____________          KUNIIYE    
  | _________  ___|____      ___|____     ___|____     
  | KUNITSUNA  KUNISUKE(2)   KUNIYASU(2)  KUNISHIGE EI-TOKU 1375
  | TEI-WA 1345   | - SHO-HEI 1346 -       ________              
  |            ___|____                    KUNIYASU SHI-TOKU 1384
  |            KUNISUKE(3) KA-KEI 1387     ___|_____________     
  |            ___|____                    KUNIMOTO BUN DAYU     
  |            KUNISUKE(4) O-EI 1394                 O-EI 1394
  |_____________ _________________________ _________ ___________
__|______    ___|____                 ____|____  ___|____       |
KUNIYOSHI    KUNIMURA(2) EN-BUN 1356  KUNIMITSU  KUNIKIYO       |
O-EI 1394    ___|____                   ____________|____       |
             KUNIMURA(3) O-EI 1394      HIZEN JU TOKISUYE       |
     ____________ ____________ _________________________________|
____|____    ____|___      ___|____            ________
KUNITSUNA    KUNIFUSA(1)   KUNITOKI(2)         KUNITOMO
    |____________ ____________  SHO-HEI 1346       TEI-WA 1345
____|____     ___|____     ___|____      _______ ________
KUNITSUNA     KUNIMASA(2)  KUNIFUSA(2)   ARIKUNI KUNIMASA
EI-TOKU 1381       - O-EI 1394 -           - O-AN 1368 - 
        ________                                                      KUNITOMO BUN-AN 1444 HIROMURA SHO-O (f:SENJUIN SHIGEMURA,t: SHIKKAKE NORIHIRO): He         studied under NORIHIRO before moving to YAMASHIRO for the         hand of RAI KUNIYUKI's daughter. Both he and his son are          considered founders of ENJU. His father was of MOKUSA          School. He developed the unique ENJU HADA from his YAMATO         and RAI background. KIKUCHI JU. SUGUHA with ASHI. Study          RAI. Note: Earlier pieces may be YAMASHIRO.
See Hiromura beginning - See Hiromura at Shikkake


KUNIMURA(1) SHO-WA (f:HIROMURA): ENJU Co-founder. ENJUTARO came         with his father to KIKUCHI. Worked to the KEM-MU.          SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE Late-KAMAKURA TACHI SUGATA.         Small, elongated KISSAKI. SHIRA-KERU KO-MOKUME evenly         veiled in JI-NIE. SUGUHA with KO-ASHI forms lazy          KO-MIDARE resembling RYOKAI or RAI KUNIMITSU.          2nd KUNIMURA line falls from KUNIYOSHI, the father.


Kunimura Tachi
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 7 Sun 6 Bu (83.8cm)
Sori: 7 Bu 9 Rin (2.4cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 2 Rin (3.1cm)
Saki-haba: 5 Bu 6 Rin (1.7cm)
Kissaki-naga: 8 Bu 4 Rin (2.55cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 4 Rin (0.75cm)
Saki-kasane: 1 Bu 3 Rin (0.4cm)
Nakago: 7 Sun 8 Bu 5 Rin (23.8cm)
Faint Nakagozori


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, gentle Koshizori Tachi with stout Chu-Kissaki. Bo-Hi runs the length to Marudome.
Ko-Itame Hada runs under Shirake Utsuri.
Enju Suguha of Ko-Gunome with Ko-Ashi and Ko-Nie in a tightly defined Nioi-guchi.
Enju Sugu Ko-Maru Boshi.
Ubu, one Mekugi-ana and signature near the Mune:

      Kunimura

Kunimura - Juyo Bunkazai



HIGO ENJU School
KUNITOKI(1) BUN-PO (f: KUNIMURA): KIKUCHI smith working to EN-GEN
        1336, the beginning of the NAMBOKUCHO. KO-ITAME HADA 
        thinly veiled of JI-NIE. SHIRA-KERU. KO-NIE DEKI SUGU 
        with KO-ASHI or KO-MIDARE BA. BOSHI: SUGU with KO-MARU.
     KUNITOKI

KUNITOKI(2) SHO-HEI (f: KUNIYOSHI 1): ENJU-SABURO. KIKUCHI family
        of smiths, or ENJU association. Second KUNITOKI is son of
        KUNIYOSHI. KO-MOKUME. Famous for long even pattern. 
        SUGUHA KO-ASHI in excellent KO-NIE. KO-MIDARE. HOTSURE, 
        ENJU style.
     KUNITOKI
     HISHU KIKUCHI JU KUNITOKI

KUNIYASU KA-REKI (f: KUNIMURA): Running KO-ITAME with JI-NIE. 
        SUGUHA with slight NOTARE. NOTARE or CHOJI-like rises may
        be seen. HOTSURE sweeps the HABUCHI. There may be ARA 
        NIE-FUKASHI. MIDARE BOSHI joins an active and possibly 
        deep-falling KAERI. EI-KYO finds SUE-ENJU KUNIYASU, a 
        different man.

KUNISUKE(1) KA-REKI (f: KUNIMURA): SHIRA-KERU KO-ITAME with 
        JI-NIE veil. SUGATA resembles RAI. Appraisal point: Evenly
        running SHIRA-KERU KO-ITAME. KO-NIE CHU-SUGU NIOI-FUKASHI.
        SUGU KO-MARU BOSHI.
 Tokubetsu Juyo Kunisuke 

KUNISUKE(2) SHO-HEI (f: KUNIYASU 1): ENJU. There are TACHI and
        TANTO. Running ITAME in JI-NIE. SHIRA-KERU. HOSO and 
        CHU-SUGUHA patterns with KO-ASHI. Line may expand to 
        NOTARE BA where falling KO-ASHI may pull GUNOME-like 
        shapes in the line. BOSHI may be wide to KO-MARU or 
        perhaps "swept" and possibly NIJU. Simple HORIMONO of
        SU-KEN or GOMABASHI.

KUNINOBU KA-REKI (t: KUNIMURA): KIKUCHI. SHIRA-KERU KO-ITAME 
        veiled in JI-NIE. KO-NIE DEKI SUGU with KO-ASHI or 
        KO-GUNOME. KO-MARU BOSHI.

KUNIIYE KEM-MU: Even-grained KO-ITAME SHIRA-KERU. KO-NIE SUGUHA
        to KO-MARU BOSHI. Also: KUNIIYE in TEI-JI and SHI-TOKU.

KUNIYOSHI(1) KEM-MU (f: KUNIMURA): KIKUCHI. SUE-KAMAKURA SUGATA
        of elongated KISSAKI and thick-backed, curveless or 
        UCHIZORI 9.5 SUN TANTO. Evenly running SHIRA-KE ITAME.
        HOSO-SUGUHA with ASHI, CHU-SUGU to KO-GUNOME with ASHI or
        having slight NOTARE with KO-ASHI in NIE-FUKASHI.
        BOSHI: SUGU with KO-MARU.    

KUNIYOSHI(2) O-EI (f: KUNIYOSHI 1): GOROZAEMON. SHIRA-KE ITAME.
        MIDARE-SUGUHA of ASHI in NIE. Definer: O-EI.

YUKIKUNI SHO-HEI: HIGO ENJU. Evenly set SHIRA-KERU KO-ITAME. 
        KO-NIE DEKI SUGUHA of slight NOTARE. BOSHI: SUGU KO-MARU.

KUNIMITSU OEI: KUNIMURA School.
KIKUCHI JU KUNIMITSU


Enju Kunitoki
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 5 Sun 7 Bu (68.4cm)
Sori: 7 Bu 2 Rin (2.2cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu 2 Rin (2.8cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 2 Rin (1.9cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 5 Rin (2.9cm)
Moto-kasane: 1 Bu 3 Rin (0.4cm)
Nakago: 6 Sun 6 Bu (20cm)


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Chu-zori to Chu-Kissaki. Bo-Hi runs the length.
Itame Hada that runs. There is Ji-nie and faint Shirake.
Enju Ko-Nie Deki Chu-Suguha. The lower has Ko-Ashi turning into Choji-Midare Ba with much Yo.
Notare Boshi is O-Maru Kaeri.
Suriage Nakago where none of the three Mekugi-ana are original. Bo-Hi Marudome sits in the middle.
Signed in the lower:

         Kunitoki

Enju Kunitoki



HIGO ENJU School
KUNITOMO TEI-WA: SAEMONnoJO. JI-NIE veiled KO-ITAME. Clear 
        NIE-UTSURI over SHIRA-KE.KO-NIE FUKASHI of slight NOTARE.

KUNITSUNA SHO-HEI: SAEMONnoJO. Running SHIRA-KE KO-ITAME.KO-NIE
        DEKI SUGU-NOTARE KO-MIDARE with KINSUJI in the line.
     HISHU-no-KUNI KUNITSUNA
     HISHU KIKUCHI JU SAEMONnoJO KUNITSUNA

KUNITSUNA(2) EI-TOKU: ENJU style of father. KO-NIE KO-MIDARE BA
        with HATARAKI.
     HISHU KIKUCHI JU KUNITSUNA

ARIKUNI O-AN: ENJU. His O-EI descendants appear in HIGO, HIZEN
        and BUNGO. SUGU and KO-GUNOME on evenly running ITAME.

KUNIKIYO SHO-HEI (f: KUNIYOSHI): ENJU. Even SHIRA-KERU KO-ITAME.
        KO-NIE SUGU that stretches even and smooth.

KUNIMASA(1) O-AN: ENJU. KIKUCHI. Even SHIRA-KERU ITAME. KO-NIE
        DEKI SUGUHA. SUGU with a slight NOTARE to GUNOME ASHI. 

KUNIMASA(2) O-EI (f: KUNITSUNA): ENJU. O-EI GUNOME HA of KO-NIE.

KUNIFUSA(1) EI-WA (f: KUNIYOSHI, t: KUNITSUNA): Running KO-ITAME
        HADA with JI-NIE. SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME MIDARE.
     KIKUCHI JU KUNIFUSA

KUNIFUSA(2) O-EI: Running KO-ITAME with JI-NIE. O-EI SUGU GUNOME.
     HISHU KIKUCHI JU KUNIFUSA

KUNINAGA SHI-TOKU: ENJU. SUGUHA, KO-MIDARE HA.

_________                       KUNIIYE: KO-ITAME SHIRA-KERU.
KUNITSUGU(1) KEM-MU 1334        KO-NIE DEKI SUGUHA. KO-MARU.
____|____                                KUNIIYE(1) KEM-MU 1334
KUNITSUGU(2) SHO-HEI 1346                ___|___
____|____                                KUNIIYE(2) TEI-JI 1362
KUNITSUGU(3) KEN-TOKU 1370               ___|___ (f: KUNINOBU)
____|____                                KUNIIYE(3) SHI-TOKU 1384
KUNITSUGU(4) O-EI 1394                     
_________                KUNITSUGU School: White steel KO-ITAME.
KUNITSUGU MEI-O 1492     KO-NIE DEKI CHU-SUGU with slight NOTARE. 



Enju Kunitomo - Juyo Bunkazai

Enju Kunitomo
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 9 Sun 4 Bu (89.08cm)
Sori: 1 Sun 2 Bu 5 Rin (3.78cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 1 Bu 8 Rin (3.57cm)
Saki-haba: 7Bu 4 Rin (2.24cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 8 Rin (2.96cm)
Nakago: 8 Sun 5 Bu (25.75cm)
Slight Nakagozori


An enthralling Kahyozori (Torii), Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune to strong Chu-Kissaki on this immense Tachi. Bo-Hi RenBi run together.
Intensely worked Ko-Itame Hada is blended with Masame, Enju style. Shirake is the general field.
Aski-Notare Komi Boshi to Ko-Maru Kaeri.
Ubu Nakago, one Mekugi-ana.
Signed:

         Saemon-no-Jo Fujiwara Kunitomo
         Sho-chu Gennen (-) Gatsu Hi

































Enju Kuninobu - Juyo Bunkazai

Enju Kuninobu
Nagasa: 71.8cm
Sori: 3cm


Sue-Kamakura Sugata. Wide blade has Bohi, Toriizori, stout Ikubi Kissaki.
Enju tight Ko-Itame Hada has Shirake. Enju are early Rai style where a certain Rai Nie Jiba is particular to Enju.
Tight Nioi-guchi Suguha has Ko-Ashi and Yo. Enju Jiba pulls Nijuba into the Habuchi.
Rai style Boshi is an
even Chu-width to Maru at the head. Shimaba dot the Ji.
Suriage Nakago finds Marudome terminating the Hi with his two-character Mei, which had been signed high above the now missing, original Ana.

                      Kuninobu





Kunishige - Kokuho

Kunishige - Kokuho
Nagasa: 81.5cm - 2 Shaku 6 Sun 9 Bu
Sori: 2.1cm

Moto-Haba: 3.5cm

Unokubi-Tsukuri Naginata.
Running Itame Hada with Ko-Mokume mixed has Shirake cast.
Nie-Deki gunome and Ko-Gunome has Choji-Midare figures with Ashi and running Sunagashi.
Niju and Sungashi run to Yakizume Kaeri.

Ubu Nakago with one Mekugi-ana.
     Kunishige
          Hachiman Daibosatsu
          Tenman Ojizai Tenjin



Juyo Enju



Juyo Enju
Nagasa: 69.6cm
Sori: 2.4cm
Moto-haba: 3.05cm
Saki-haba: 1.95cm
Kissaki-naga: 2.7cm
Nakago: 15.3cm

Strong Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, normal Sugata, being evenly wide with strong Sori and thick Kasane.
Bo-Hi and Renbi walk the full length to a strong Chu-Kissaki.
Standing and running Itame Hada mixes with Masame covered in extremely fine Ji-Nie. There is fine Chikei pulling through the Ji-Hada while Shirake-Utsuri covers.
Enju Chu-Suguha with Gunome defined with Ko-Ashi and a thin, even line of fine Ko-Nie. The lower Monouchi finds Nijuba.
Sugu Ko-Maru Boshi.
O-Suriage Mumei Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.








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