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BIZEN
BIZEN SHOCHU ICHIMONJI




SUE-KAMAKURA Period of SHO-CHU 1324 finds ICHIMONJI style 
centered at IWATO-SHO.
The classic founder is YOSHIOKA SUKEYOSHI student YOSHIUJI, the obscurely named son of YOSHIIYE, the JITO  "Lord of the Manner" at IWATO SHO. The group is called IWATO  ICHIMONJI or SHO-CHU ICHIMONJI, interchangeably. Descendants  embrace OSAFUNE style through the NAMBOKUCHO and O-EI. Technical: SUGATA - Blades encountered will be thin. Wide TACHI.                     Shallow curvature. Longish medium KISSAKI.              HADA - Rough or coarse for ICHIMONJI. Has been                     compared to RAI HADA, where patching of rough                     HADA or inner steel shows through. MOKUME,                     ITAME mix with O-HADA.             HAMON - CHU-width KO-CHOJI, SUGU KO-CHOJI BA in NIOI.             BOSHI - KO-MIDARE.            NAKAGO - ICHI as a leader to long signatures. ______________________________________ YOSHIIYE "Lord of the Manner" at IWATO
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| IYESADA(2) SHO-CHU 1324 SUKEIYE GEN-KYO 1321 __|____         ___|___     ________       _______ YOSHIUJI(1)     IYESADA(3) SUKEMORI  MUNEUJI KA-REKI 1326   | GEN-KO 1331  EI-TOKU 1381 GEN-KO 1331 _________   |                                         TOSHIYUKI KEM-MU 1334   |_________________________ _______________________ ___________ __|______                ___|_____               ___|_____      | YOSHIKAGE TEI-WA 1345    YOSHISADA SHO-CHU 1324  YOSHIHISA      | ___|____                 ___|_____               EI-WA 1375     | YOSHIUJI(2) TEI-JI 1362  YOSHIHISA O-EI 1394                    |     __________________________ ____________ ____________________| ___|______                 ___|_____    ___|_____ YOSHITOSHI EI-WA 1375      YOSHIMORI    YOSHIMORI(1) O-AN 1368 ___|______                 TEI-WA 1345  ___|_____              YOSHICHIKA KO-RYAKU 1379                YOSHIMORI(2) O-EI 1394 _________________________                _________ IWATA ICHIMONJI YOSHITOMO SHO-KEI 1332   YOSHINOBU KEM-MU 1334         ____________|____         OSAFUNE YOSHITOMO KA-KEI 1387         BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHITOMO - Also BUN-MEI 1469 OSAFUNE YOSHITOMO (t: IWATA YOSHIMITSU): EN-BUN 1356. ________                                 _______ YOSHINAO TEI-WA 1345                     YUKIUJI EI-WA 1375 _________                               _______  __________ YOSHIMUNE TEI-JI 1362                   IYEMORI  YOSHITSUNE  ____|____                                  - O-EI 1394 - TOSHIYUKI EI-KYO 1429
SUKEIYE GEN-KYO: From EI-NIN 1293 to GEN-KYO 1321. IWATO-SHO JU.             KO-MIDARE with ASHI-IRI. IWAMEISHO, Manner of IWA.     MEI: SUKEIYE
IWA MEISHO JU SUKEIYE
         BIZEN IWATO-SHO SUKEIYE

IYESADA(2) SHO-SHU (f: IYESADA(1): From YOSHIOKA roots. ITAME
HADA. KO-CHOJI-MIDARE BA. RYO-WAZAMONO. 3rd in EI-TOKU.
IYESADA
BISHU OSAFUNE JU IYESADA

MUNEUJI KA-REKI: IWATO JU. KO-MIDARE BA of KO-ASHI that tends to             SAKA.      MEI: MUNEUJI

TOSHIYUKI KEM-MU: Work from GEN-TOKU 1329. From BITCHU. MOKUME. 
           SUGUHA with ASHI, KO-GUNOME and KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU IWANO TOSHIYUKI

YOSHIIYE GEN-TOKU: WAKI-GORI IWATO SHO JITO Lord of the Manor of
        Peaceful Harmony at IWATO. One reference lists him the 
        father of YOSHIUJI. Standing ITAME HADA shows JI-NIE and
        strongly dappled UTSURI. NIOI CHU-SUGU KO-MIDARE with 
        ASHI. The figures tend to lean - SAKA. BOSHI is NIJUBA 
        style to KO-MARU. Large MEI in thin strokes.
    MEI: ICHI BISHU IWATO-SHO JITO MINAMOTO YOSHIIYE SAKU
         ICHI BISHU IWATO-SHO JITO SAEMONnoJO MINAMOTO YOSHIIYE

IWATO Founder

YOSHIUJI(1) GEN-KO (t: YOSHIOKA SUKEYOSHI): SABEInoJO. ITAME HADA.
           OBUSA CHOJI with ASHI and CHOJI-MIDARE BA. 
    MEI: BISHU IWANA JUNIN SABEInoJO YOSHIUJI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI IWATO JU MINAMOTO YOSHIUJI
         BISHU IWANA-SHO JU JITO MINAMOTO YOSHIUJI
         ICHI BISHU IWATO-SHO JITO MINAMOTO YOSHIUJI

YOSHIKAGE TEI-WA (f: YOSHIUJI 1): ITAME HADA. GUNOME-MIDARE HA to
        KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. O-EI YOSHIKAGE to OSAFUNE.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU YOSHIKAGE
         BIZEN-no-KUNI JU MINAMOTO YOSHIKAGE

YOSHIUJI(2) TEI-JI (f: YOSHIKAGE, grf: YOSHIUJI): IWATO KAJI meld         into OSAFUNE.      MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIUJI          BISHU OSAFUNE JU YOSHIUJI

Ichimonji Yoshiuji





 
Shochu Ichimonji Yoshiuji




SHOCHU ICHIMONJI

YOSHISADA SHO-CHU (f: YOSHIUJI): KO-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BIZEN-no-KUNI JU YOSHISADA SAKU
         BISHU IWATO-SHO JU YOSHISADA SAKU

YOSHITOSHI EI-WA (f: YOSHIUJI): ITAME. KO-MIDARE of GUNOME-MIDARE.
        Another YOSHITOSHI of TEI-JI 1362, son of YOSHIUJI from 
        IWATO, is listed as working "later" in IZUMO. There were
        probably not two YOSHITOSHI sons. 
    MEI: MINAMOTO YOSHITOSHI
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU YOSHITOSHI
         IZUMO: UNSHU JU YOSHITOSHI

YOSHINOBU KEM-MU: Descendants to OSAFUNE in TEI-JI 1362 and O-EI
        1394.

YOSHIMUNE TEI-JI: ITAME HADA. NIOI KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIMUNE

TOSHIYUKI EI-KYO 1429 (: YOSHIMUNE): SUGU KO-MIDARE BA and GUNOME.
BISHU JU TOSHIYUKI SAKU
BISHU OSAFUNE JU TOSHIYUKI SAKU

YOSHIMORI TEI-WA: From RYAKU-O 1338. YOSHIUJI School.     MEI: MINAMOTO YOSHIMORI          BISHU IWATO JU MINAMOTO YOSHIMORI

SHOCHU ICHIMONJI

YOSHIMORI(1) O-AN (f: YOSHIUJI): MOKUME HADA. KO-MIDARE BA and
        KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA with ASHI.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIMORI

YOSHIMORI(2) O-EI (f: YOSHIMORI, grf: YOSHIUJI): An O-EI smith
        makes O-EI style GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIMORI

YOSHINAO TEI-WA: To O-EI 1394. Son of YOSHISADA, grf was
        FUKUOKA YOSHIMOCHI. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.

YUKIUJI EI-WA: From EI-WA 1375 to MEI-TOKU 1390. SHOCHU ICHIMONJI
        descendant. ITAME HADA. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YUKIUJI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU YUKIUJI

YOSHITSUNE O-EI: SHOCHU descendant. SUGUHA and GUNOME-CHOJI BA. 
    MEI: MINAMOTO YOSHITSUNE

IYEMORI O-EI: MORI form: SEI "Prosperous" SHOCHU descendant. 
        MOKUME. GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: UEMONnoJO IYEMORI (E: KEI "Kindness")
         BISHU OSAFUNE MINAMOTO IYEMORI
         NAMU SHO HACHIMAN DAIBOSATSU UEMONnoJO IYEMORI 
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