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The Eight DO

SANYODO - The Eight Roads of KOTO

The influence and culture of the Kinai extended from the Fujiwara Family through the ToDaiJi to many Jisha Temples and Shrines to seat Yamato-style at the Shoen Manor-house in Suwo. Work is seen from the Heian Jidai and the Muromachi.

The oldest extant sword is the Tachi-mei Bun-ei 2, Kiyotsuna (1265) of Itsukushima, the Shrine of the Three Daughters

A Fujiwara Kiyohisa dated, Sho-O Gan-nen Ku-gatsu Tsuitachi (1288) is known. - Their school continues through the Nambokucho to the Muromachi and up until Shinto. 



SUWO - NIO School   * The Deities Of The Gate *
             KO-NIO: Under the blanket of YAMATO style.  
Can have curve. Raised SHINOGI, thin MUNE.                       MOKUME with MASAME that is KUMORI "cloudy." _________             HOSO-SUGU KUZURE BA with KO-ASHI. HOTSURE. KIYOSHIGE DAI-DO 806 ________ KIYOSUKE KAN-TOKU 1044 ________ KIYOHIRA YOSHIKI Founder HO-EN 1135 ________ KIYOZANE Founding Father HO-EN 1135 to KA-O 1169      |______________________ ___________________________ ___|____              ____|____    - brothers -    ___|____  KIYOTADA(1) SHO-AN    KIYOTSUNA(1) GEN-KYU 1204    KIYONAGA(1)  ___|_____      1171       |________________________   SHO-AN 1171 YOSHIKIYO             ____|____                 ___|____             | SHO-GEN 1207     KIYOTSUNA(2) JO-EI 1232   KIYOKAGE(1)          |                  ____|____                    | BUN-RYAKU 1234    |                  KIYOTSUNA(3) BUN-EI 1264     |       |                  ____|____                    |     |                  KIYOMITSU(1) SHO-AN 1299     |     |                  ____|___                     |     |                  KIYOMITSU(2) GEN-KO 1331     |     |                      |__________              |     |                  ____|____    __|_____        |      |                  KIYOMITSU(3) KIYOSADA        |  ___|____                 - TEI-JI 1362 -           |  KIYOZANE KEN-CHO 1249                              |    |______________________                         | ___|____               ___|____                    | KIYOZANE BUN-EI 1264   KIYOHIRA(1) BUN-O 1260      |      _____________________|                        | ____|____              ___|____                    | KIYOTSUNA EI-NIN 1293  KIYOHIRA(2) KO-AN 1278      |     |  ________               _________            |     |  KIYOHISA SHO-O 1288    YOSHIKIYO KO-AN 1278 |     |_______________________                       | ____|____                ___|____                  | KIYOTSUNA GEN-TOKU 1329  KIYOTADA                  | ____|____                GEN-TOKU                  | KIYOTSUNA TEI-JI 1362         1329                 |   _________________________________________________| _|______                                        ___|____   KIYONAGA(2) KEN-JI 1275                         KIYOKAGE(2)     |___________________            __________________| KO-AN 1278 _|______-brothers-___|____   ___|____           ___|____            KIYOTADA          KIYOHARU   MASAKIYO SHO-CHU   KIYOKAGE KA-REKI 1326  | O-CHO 1311   EN-KEI 1308  ___|____     1324  ___|____    |__________ ________        KIYOMASA           KIYOKAGE EI-TOKU 1381 _|______ ___|____ ___|____    EN-GEN 1336       ___|____    KIYOMASA KIYOZANE MASAKIYO                      KIYOMASA  |   - TEI-WA 1345 -      ________                MEI-TOKU 1390  _|_______                 KIYOFUSA KA-REKI 1326  KIYOSHIGE EN-BUN 1356       (AKI and NAGATO)      _|______                          ________          MASAKIYO O-EI 1394                KIYONAKA TEI-JI 1362                                     ___|____                                    KIYOSATO MEI-TOKU 1390

KIYOZANE(1) YAMATO smith arriving through CHIKUZEN is founder and
        father in SUWO. YAMATO style raised SHINOGI becomes 
        tradition. His dates,  and many of his school, are 
        obscured because KIYOTSUNA's BUN-EI period TACHI resides
        on ITSUKU-SHIMA island. Attributions arising from legend
        give it to KIYOTSUNA(1) - who actually worked sixty years
        before. Therefore, swords seen will be late HEIAN to 
        early KAMAKURA style. It was before the ICHIMONJI - these
        men wept for little ANTOKU.

KIYOTSUNA KEN-KYU (f: KIYOZANE): NIOSABURO. A sword of his making
        cut the binding chain to save the Deities of the NIO-MON
        from the temple fire at KISAKI village, - earning himself,
        and his school, their name. MOKUME. GUNOME-CHOJI BA.

KIYOTSUNA BUN-EI: NIOSABURO. YOSHIKI NIOSHO JU. His posited sword
        arms the island of the "Shrines of the Three Daughters,"
        ITSUKU-SHIMA. Legend says he was KIYOTSUNA(1), which 
        dis-joins the dates for his school. BUN-EI KIYOTSUNA is 
        said to have come from CHIKUZEN. TACHI are thick 
        KOSHIZORI of raised SHINOGI and wide SHINOGI-JI. KO-ITAME
        with KO-MASAME has spotting UTSURI swathed in places. 
        KO-NIE SUGUHA  has KO-ASHI. HOTSURE watches SUNAGASHI run
        through GUNOME KO-MIDARE HA.

KIYOTSUNA EI-NIN: Deeply curved TACHI with raised and wide 
        SHINOGI. KO-ITAME that runs. SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE and GUNOME
        KO-MIDARE HA in KO-NIE.

KIYOTSUNA GEN-TOKU: He used alternate TSUNA form: NAWA. Deeply 
        curved, CHU-KISSAKI TACHI. Running KO-ITAME of MASAME.
        KO-NIE SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE KO-GUNOME HA with ASHI. BOSHI is
        SUGU KO-MARU.

KIYOTSUNA KEM-MU: KUGA JU. Worked to TEI-WA 1345. SUGUHA GUNOME-
        CHOJI BA.

YOSHIKIYO KO-AN: MOKUME. GUNOME-MIDARE and CHOJI-MIDARE with ASHI.

KIYONAGA(2) KEN-JI (f: KIYOKAGE): SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME HA.

MASAKIYO SHO-WA (f: KIYOKAGE):  Dates are SHO-WA to SHO-CHU 1324.
        MOKUME. HOSO-SUGU GUNOME HA and CHOJI patterns in NIE.

KIYOSADA TEI-JI (f: KIYOMITSU 2): ITAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE HA and 
        GUNOME-MIDARE.

MASAKIYO O-EI (f: KIYOSHIGE): ITAME. CHU or HIRO-SUGU KO-MIDARE 
        or GUNOME-MIDARE HA. 




Nio Kiyotsuna - Juyo Bunkazai

Nio Kiyotsuna
Nagasa: 80.8cm
Sori: 3cm


Ninpo-Sho Kaji working at Itsukushima Jinja.
Shinogi-tsukuri, Maru-mune. Yamato style Shinogi-taka with narrow Shinogi-haba.
Itame Hada runs.
Hoso-Sugu holds Nie Ko-Midare Ba with Hotsure strays.
KoNotare-Komi Boshi finds a small Ko-maru.
Ubu Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.
Signed in the upper Ji.

          Kiyotsuna

Koshirae Mei: Bunei Ninen Ki Kiyotsuna no Son  (Made for Kiyotsuna, 1265)
Naga: 152.4cm

SUWO KO-NIO School

Dark Chikei twists through Hada






Kamakura Suwo Tachi
Nagasa: 69.2cm
Sori: 1.3cm
Moto-haba: 2.8cm
Saki-haba: 1.9cm
Kissaki: 2.2cm
Nakago: 18.9cm
Nakago-zori: 0.2cm

This sword shows Itame Mokume mix with Ji-Nie where Masame is laid for the Habuchi. Yamato-style Hoso-Suguha then has many Ko-Ashiiri and Ko-Nie, and the Boshi is Hakikake. These markers are found only prior to the Nambokucho Nio.

Shinogi-zukuri, Ihori-mune. Mi-haba and Kasane are normal while Shinogi is raised Taka. Sori is shallow, with elongated Chu-Kissaki.

O-Itame Hada and Mokume Hada mixes and steams along the Ha. O-Hada stands strongly in various places. Ji-Nie Tsuki and Chikei are strung through. Steel is dark. 

Hoso-Suguha has Ko Ashi-iri. Hotsure appears throughout the Habuchi. Tight Nioi-Guchi shows fine Ko-Nie. 

Hakikake pours through a Sugu Boshi.

O-Suriage Nakago is Kiri-Jiri. Yasuri Hira-Ji, common-ground, KatteSagari where Taka-Ji is Kiri-Yasuri. There is excellent color and aging. 

Two Mekugi-ana, O-Suriage-Mumei.




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