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The Eight DO
SANYODO - The Eight Roads of KOTO



BINGO MIHARA               MASAIYE TEN-PYO 729
                                      Founding Ancestor 
Ko-Mihara is Kamakura to Nambokucho times. They are direct from Ichimonji -and the Mihara Kokubunji smiths.
- Each province had a Kokubunji, a temple group with township. The Kokubunji system had been set up under the Emperor. Each had one for women, Ama, and one for men. It was a special  system - and the people associated, were special people.
Ko-Mihara were "Emperor-side" smiths - as opposed to "Government-side" or Samurai side. They supported the Emperor, just as Nambokucho Bizen smiths Unjo, Unji and Unju were supporters of the Emperor.

Ko-Mihara is conservative. They remained conservative, specifically against the on-slot of the fancy Ichimonji Hamon-types having been produced down the road in Fukuoka Bizen. Conservative was winning out in the later Kamakura over the earlier, mid-period Ichimonji fancy styles.

The original Sanyodo influence is Yamato, then Yamashiro styles.The high-ridge in Mihara School tells of keeping tradition. 

Sukemura comes from Ichimonji lines and brings Bizen sword-making skill.

So we see fine Bizen-like swords with conservative Suguha and raised SHINOGI ridges. 

Ko-Mihara are excellent swords - exhibiting true master-piece quality. Hence Ko-Mihara have always been heralded and revered works. 

Ko-Mihara are considered world-class, especially because of their conservative nature.

                         _________ ________      ________________
                         SADACHIKA SADAHIRA      HOKKE SHIGETOSHI
_______________________  
ICHIMONJI NOBUSANE Line    
_____________|____
KOKUBUNJI SUKEMURA KO-AN 1278                KOKUBUNJI TAKAMITSU
_____________|____                           KOKUBUNJI MUNEYUKI
KOKUBUNJI SUKEKUNI(1) GEN-KYO 1321           KOKUBUNJI MUNENAGA
   __________|____________ __________ __________________ 
__|____  - brothers - ____|____  ____|____    __________|____
MASAIYE(1)            MASAMITSU  YUKIYOSHI(1) ICHIJO KANEYUKI
  | MIHARA Restorer              YUKIYOSHI
  | * The Root of All Trees *
  |______________ ______________ _________________________ _____
__|____       ___|____       ___|___             _________|__   |
MASAIYE(2)    SUKEKUNI(2)    MORIIYE(1)          HOKKE ICHIJO   |
MASAIYE(3)    KUNIMASA                         See ASHIDA HOKKE |
MASAIYE(4)    _________                           ICHIJO School |
MASAIYE(5)    MUNETSUNA                                         |
   _________________________ _______________ ___________________|
__|______  - brothers -  ___|____        ___|_____  ________    |
MASACHIKA                MASAHIRO(1)     MASASHIGE  MASUMORI    |
  |  KINASHI in O-EI        |______________________             |
  |_____________         ___|____               ___|____        |
__|______    ___|____    MASASADA (MASAMUNE 2)  MASAHIRO(2)     |
MASACHIKA    MASAZANE                                           |
                |__________________________________             |
      __________|____                  ____________|____        |
      EI-KYO MASAZANE (f: KUNIMASA)    ONOMICHI SADAKUNI        |
             MASAZANE                                           |
                |_______________________________                |
             ___|____                ___________|___            |
             MASAZANE                TOMO JU SADAIYE            |
   ___________________ __________ ___________ __________________|
__|____ -brothers- ___|____   ___|____    ___|____  
MASAIYE            MASAKIYO   MASAKUNI    MASAKIYO(1) 
  |___________                MASAYOSHI   MASAKIYO(2) 
__|_____   ___|____ 
MASANOBU   MASAHIRO          
SADATSUGU                 
(see TOMO School)

BINGO MIHARA
                                      MASAIYE TEN-PYO 729
                                      Founding Ancestor 

KO-MIHARA: TORIIZORI with raised SHINOGI and wide SHINOGI-JI. 
MOKUME with MASAME. O-HADA. SUGUHA with ASHI or KO-GUNOME with YO.
                         _________ ________      ________________
                         SADACHIKA SADAHIRA      HOKKE SHIGETOSHI 
_______________________   - EI-NIN 1293 -         NIN-PYO 1151
ICHIMONJI NOBUSANE Line    
_____________|____
KOKUBUNJI SUKEMURA KO-AN 1278                KOKUBUNJI TAKAMITSU 
_____________|____                           KOKUBUNJI MUNEYUKI 
KOKUBUNJI SUKEKUNI(1) GEN-KYO 1321           KOKUBUNJI MUNENAGA  
   __________|__________________ ____________   SHO-KEI 1332
__|____     - brothers -    ____|____    ____|____
MASAIYE(1) TOKU-JI 1306     MASAMITSU    YUKIYOSHI(1) KO-EI 1342
  | (t: KARAKAWA TAMETO)    KO-EI 1342   ____|____    
  | MIHARA Restorer                      YUKIYOSHI MEI-TOKU 1390
  | * The Root of All Trees *
  |_________________________ _________________________ _________
__|____                  ___|____                  ___|___      |
MASAIYE(2) TEI-WA 1345   SUKEKUNI(2) KA-KEI 1387   MORIIYE(1)   |
__|____                  ___|____                  TEI-WA 1345  |
MASAIYE(3) TEI-JI 1362   KUNIMASA O-EI 1394                     |
__|____                  _________                              |
MASAIYE(4) EI-WA 1375    MUNETSUNA                              |
__|____                  EI-WA 1375                             |
MASAIYE(5) O-EI 1394                                            |
   _________________________ __________________________ ________|
__|______  - brothers -  ___|____                   ___|_____   |
MASACHIKA O-AN 1368      MASAHIRO(1) TEI-JI 1362    MASASHIGE   |
  |  KINASHI in O-EI        |_____________________  TEI-JI 1362 |
  |                      ___|____              ___|____         |
  |   KINASHI School     MASASADA TEI-JI 1362  MASAHIRO(2)      |
  |_____________        (MASAMUNE 2)           O-EI 1394        |
__|______    ___|____             ________                      |
MASACHIKA    MASAZANE O-EI 1394   MASUMORI O-EI 1394            |
KAI in O-EI     |__________________________________             |
      __________|____                  ____________|____        |
      EI-KYO MASAZANE (f: KUNIMASA)    ONOMICHI SADAKUNI        |
             ___|____                                           |
             MASAZANE BUN-AN 1444                               |
                |_______________________________                |
             ___|____                ___________|___            |
             MASAZANE BUN-MEI 1469   TOMO JU SADAIYE            |
   ___________________ _________________ _______________________|
__|____ -brothers- ___|____          ___|____                   |
MASAIYE            MASAKIYO          MASAKUNI TEI-JI 1362       |
  | TEI-WA 1345    O-AN 1368         ___|_____  (f: MASAHIRO)   |
  |_________________________         MASAYOSHI O-EI 1394        |
__|_____                 ___|____           ____________________|
MASANOBU MEI-TOKU 1390   MASAHIRO       ___|____
__|______                EI-TOKU 1381   MASAKIYO(1) TEI-JI 1362  
SADATSUGU O-AN 1368                     ___|____  
(see TOMO School)                       MASAKIYO(2) SHI-TOKU 1384 

BINGO KO-MIHARA
SUKEKUNI(1) GEN-KYO (f: BIZEN SUKEMURA): Father of MIHARA MASAIYE.            Work associated to the local KOKUBUNJI village group             from TOKU-JI 1306 to KEM-MU 1334. The KOKUBUNJI was a             system of provincial temples set up by Emperor SHOMU.            Each had a monastery for BONZEs and a convent for AMA.             The attendant village in each province was called             KOKUBUNJI. Made late KAMAKURA-style TACHI. JI-NIE on             running SHIRA-KE (whitish) ITAME HADA. KO-NIE SUGUHA,             KO-MIDARE and CHOJI BA with SUNAGASHI. Expected BOSHI             is large round SUGU pulling to KO-MARU and long KAERI.     MEI: SUKEKUNI          SUKEKUNI SAKU          KOKUBUNJI SUKEKUNI          BINGO-no-KUNI YASUTOMO-GORI TOJO SUKEKUNI          BISHU-no-KUNI KOKUBUNJI JUNIN SUKEKUNI SAKU          BINGO-no-KUNI YASUTOMO TOJO JU UKON SUKEKUNI SAKU SUKEKUNI(2) EI-WA (f: MIHARA MASAIYE): KOKUBUNJI. Running ITAME         with JI-NIE. SUGU KO-MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO.     MEI: SUKEKUNI


YUKIYOSHI(1)KO-EI (t:KOKUBUNJI SUKEKUNI): KO-ITAME. HIRO or          CHU-SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE or GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA.         2nd to ICHIJO MIHARA, TEI-JI 1362.     MEI: BINGO-no-KUNI JU YUKIYOSHI SAKU          BINGO-no-KUNI JU YASUHISA-SHO YUKIYOSHI SAKU CHIKATSUGU BUN-WA: KO-MOKUME. SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE.     MEI: BINGO MIHARA JU CHIKATSUGU TAKAMITSU TEI-JI: KOKUBUNJI. ITAME MOKUME. SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE.     MEI: BISHU JU TAKAMITSU SAKU MIHARA Restorer MASAIYE(1) TOKU-JI (f: SUKEKUNI, t: BIZEN KARAKAWA TAMETO): MASA          form: SHO "Correct." Originally from BIZEN. KOSHIZORI          with raised SHINOGI, the BINGO mark. KO-ITAME HADA is          veiled in JI-NIE. KO-NIE in NIOI-FUKASHI CHU-SUGU         KO-MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO shows KINSUJI. ASAKI-NOTARE         BOSHI with TOGARI. Note: 1st carved thin stroked MEI with         grass-style MASA.     MEI: MASAIYE          MASAIYE SAKU MASAIYE(2) TEI-WA (f: MASAIYE): UEMONnoJO. White SHIRA-KE          KO-ITAME HADA. CHU-SUGU width of shallow NOTARE-MIDARE         with ASHI and YO. 2nd carved KAISHO (square or print-         style) MASA.     MEI: MASAIYE          BISHU JU MASAIYE SAKU          BINGO-no-KUNI JU UEMONnoJO MASAIYE SAKU



Ko-Mihara Nagamaki

Shibata
Ko-Mihara Nagamaki
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 4 Sun
Sori: 7 Bu 6 Rin
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 1 Rin
Saki-haba: 1 Sun
Kasane: 2 Bu 8 Rin

 
Nagamaki-Naoshi Tsukuri. Wide, deep curve to O-Kissaki. Raised Shinogi-taka. Overt Namboku Sugata.
O-Itame Mokume mix has JiNie.
Ko-Nie Deki Chu-Suguha has Ashi and Yo, - Nie is deep. Kinsuji and Sunagashi.
Sugu Ko-Maru Boshi has deep falling Kaeri.
Mumei, Kurijiri Nakago


BINGO KO-MIHARA



Koshu Ko-Mihara Tachi
27 3/8" Nagasa
Over 3/4" Saki-Haba
1 5/16" Saki-naga
1 1/16" Motohaba


Mokume pushes"Eyes" into the Ji-Hada, which tends to Masame along the Ha. 

Gently waving Asaki-Notare to a long Suguha that adds complex Ko-Gunome in the mid.
O-Suriage Kuri-jiri Nakago with three Mekugi-ana.







BINGO KO-MIHARA
MASAIYE(3) TEI-JI (f: UEMONnoJO): SAEMONnoJO. Work from TEI-JI  
           to EI-WA 1375. SHIRA-KE Whitish KO-ITAME HADA. Medium 
           KO-NOTARE MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO. 
    MEI: MASAIYE
         BISHU JU MASAIYE SAKU
         BISHU JU SAEMONnoJO MASAIYE SAKU

MASAIYE(4) EI-WA: HYOGOSUKE. This time is also called the TEN-JU. 
           KO-ITAME HADA. NOTARE-MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASAIYE
         HYOGOSUKE FUJIWARA MASAIYE

MASAIYE(5) O-EI: SABEInoJO. Work appears forward of O-EI. ITAME
        with MASA on the HA. JI-NIE. NIOI-DEKI SUGU KO-GUNOME in
        KO-NIE. SABEInoJO noted for excellence.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASAIYE
         BINGO-no-KUNI JU MASAIYE
         BISHU JU SABEInoJO MASAIYE SAKU

MASACHIKA O-AN (br: MASAHIRO): KO-MIHARA. Then transferred to
        KINASHI in O-EI. SUGUHA with ASHI and GUNOME HA.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASACHIKA

MASACHIKA O-EI (f: O-AN MASACHIKA): KINASHI JU. Moved to KAI. 
           ITAME HADA. SUGU KO-MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASACHIKA

MASAZANE O-EI (f: MASACHIKA): SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA with ASHI.
    MEI: BINGO-no-KUNI MIHARA JU
         BINGO-no-KUNI MIHARA JU MASAZANE

MASAZANE EI-KYO (f: KUNIMASA - from KOKUBUNJI SUKEKUNI 2): ITAME
        with JI-NIE of MASAIYE style. SUGU KO-MIDARE. 
        Note: BUN-GI MASAZANE  moved to KAI but his line returns 
        to finish KOTO in TEN-MON and TEN-SHO.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASAZANE

MASAHIRO(1) TEI-JI (f: MASAIYE): SAEMONnoJO. Starts in KA-REKI.
        SHIRA-KERU KO-ITAME HADA with JI-NIE. NIE ASAKI-NOTARE
        KO-MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO. GUNOME-CHOJI KO-MIDARE.
        SUNAGASHI. Smooth SUGU BOSHI to KO-MARU, deep KAERI.
        Later JI-DAI to KAI.
    MEI: MASAHIRO SAKU
         BISHU JU MASAHIRO
         BISHU JU SAEMONnoJO MASAHIRO TSUKURU

MASAHIRO(2) O-EI: ONOMICHI JU. NIE-DEKI SUGU KO-NOTARE MIDARE BA
        with ASHI and YO. 
    MEI: MASAHIRO SAKU
         BISHU JU MASAHIRO SAKU
         BINGO-no-KUNI JU MASAHIRO




Meibutsu O-Mihara       Sword of Asano Yukinaga - Juyo Bunkazai


Sword of Asano Yukinaga

Nagasa: 2 Shaku 6 Sun 7 Bu (80.9cm)
Deep Sori
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 1 Bu (3.4cm)
Saki-haba: 7 Bu 2 Rin (2.2cm)
Nakago: 8 Sun 3 Bu (25.2cm)

Helped Kato Kiyomasa on Hideyoshi's Korea Expedition. Helped Iyeyasu and after Sekigahara received Wakiyama in Kii. His family prospered - until great nephew Naganori got angered by Kira.

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Takazori, wide Tachi Sugata with Chu-Kissaki.
Standing, tightly knit O-Itame Hada which runs. There is Sumi-Hada and Utsuri.
Gently undulating, Chu to Hiro width Suguha has Ko-Midare variations defined by Ashi and swept along with Sunagashi.
Deep Sa-agari Hiro Sugu Boshi with deep Kaeri, the noted mark of Masahiro.
O-Suriage Nakago with two Mekugi-ana.
In gold:
   O-Mihara 
     Nishi Tsutsu Asano Izumi-no-Kami Hairyo
       Honami Kotoku Cao



BINGO KO-MIHARA

            

















Ko-Mihara Naginata
47.1cm Nagasa

1.2cm Sori
2.75cm Kasane

Naginata-Hi, Soe-Bi
Ko-Itame Hada with Ji-nie and slight Utsuri.
Hakkikake Boshi.

 
Kinzogan Tameshi Mei: 
               O-Tatewari Dodan-Barai 
"Cut Down the Center into the Sand Mound"

 



BINGO KO-MIHARA
MASASHIGE TEI-JI (f: MASAIYE 1): SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASASHIGE

MASAKUNI TEI-JI (f: MASAHIRO, t: MASAIYE): KINASHI. ITAME. SUGUHA.
    MEI: BISHU MASAKUNI
         BINGO JU MASAKUNI
         BISHU MIHARA JU MASAKUNI
         
MASAIYE TEI-WA (t: MIHARA MASAIYE 1): KO-MIHARA. MASA form: SEI
        "Administration." Refined SHIRA-KE ITAME with MASAME. 
         SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME HA with ASHI.
    MEI: BISHU JU MASAIYE
         BISHU JU SAKYO-no-SUKE MASAIYE

MASANOBU MEI-TOKU (f: MASAIYE): Father of O-AN SADATSUGU, who
        transferred to TOMO in O-EI. MOKUME with JI-NIE. HOSO-
        SUGU KO-GUNOME with KO-ASHI. KINSUJI is found.

MASAKIYO O-AN (br: MASAIYE): SAEMONnoJO. KO-MIHARA. SHIRA-KE 
        ITAME with MASAME. SUGUHA and KO-NOTARE KO-GUNOME with
        ASHI. Small signature.

  *************** _________ KANEMITSU BUN-WA: ASHIDA KANEMISU, see ICHIJO School                    _________ __________                    NOBUTSUGU CHIKATSUGU                       - BUN-WA 1352 -                    _______                              TADAIYE EN-BUN 1356                      _________  _________________                 HIDETSUGU  MORIYAMA ARIYOSHI                      - O-AN 1368 -            _________       _________     _______  HISATSUGU       NAGAMITSU     NOBUIYE  EI-TOKU 1381    KO-O 1389     O-EI 1394        ________ _________ ________ ________        ARITOSHI HARUMITSU HIDEKAGE HIROMASA     __________      - O-EI 1394 -           ________  SHIGETSUNE         _________________    MASAKAGE  SHO-CHO 1428       KINASHI MASAYOSHI    BUN-MEI 1469                          KO-SHO 1455    _______                     ________ _______ _________ _________ MASAOKI(1) BUN-MEI 1469     MUNENAGA NORIIYE KUNIYOSHI MORITOSHI ___|___                              - BUN-MEI 1469 -  MASAOKI(2) TAI-EI 1521         ________    ___|___                        SUKEYASU CHO-KYO 1487   MASAOKI(3) TEN-SHO 1573 TADAIYE EN-BUN (f: AYANOKOJI TADAYOSHI): TOGORO. From YAMASHIRO.         KO-MOKUME. NOTARE-MIDARE BA.     MEI: ABURANOKOJI TADAIYE          BINGO MIHARA JU TADAIYE HIDETSUGU O-AN: MOKUME. CHU or HIRO-SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE. HISATSUGU EI-TOKU: ITAME: MOKUME. SUGUHA, MIDARE, GUNOME-MIDARE. ARIYOSHI KA-KEI: MOKUME. SUGUHA. NOBUIYE O-EI: ITAME. SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE and CHOJI-MIDARE. SUKEYASU CHO-KYO: SUGUHA, GUNOME, GUNOME-MIDARE and CHOJI-MIDARE. NORIIYE BUN-MEI: MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE. MASAOKI(1) BUN-MEI: KINASHI MIHARA. SUGU HOTSURE KO-GUNOME HA. MASAOKI(2) TAI-EI: SUGU HOTSURE BA, GUNOME-MIDARE. Deep KAERI. MASAOKI(3) TEN-SHO: SUGU HOTSURE and GUNOME HA.





Ko-Mihara Tachi
Nagasa: 70cm


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune Tachi Sugata with strong Chu-Kissaki. Wide Bo-Hi on Ura and FutatsuBi Omote.
Knit Ko-Mokume has Ji-Nie.
An evenly flowing and confident Suguha in Ko-Nie and Nioi-Fukashi shows Kinsuji.
KoMidare-Komi Saagari Maru Boshi of Nie and Hotsure.
O-Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.




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