About the Blade
Awataguchi Yoshimitsu (粟田口吉光)
Kamakura period (13th century)
Current Sword Length
Current Blade Hamon (Historical)
Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, Aichi
- He was named after his previous owner, Gotou Shousaburou Mitsutsugu.
- The Gotou Shousaburou family was the holder of the title okane-aratame-yaku (money inspector) during Edo period and was in control of the kinza (Edo period gold mine).
- According to Tokugawa Jikki (The True Tokugawa Records), it was presented (to the clan) on 28th August of 1629 together with a tachi crafted by Nagamitsu of Osafune school and a Samonji sword.
- On 28th September of 1639, it was presented as a congratulatory gift during the marriage of Iemitsu's eldest daughter, Chiyohime, to the 2nd Head of Tokugawa Owari branch, Mitsutomo.
- Samidare Gou and Koudzuke Sadamune were also presented together with Gotou.
- Ever since then, he'd become one of the clan's treasures.
- His crest is most probably referring to Gotou Shousaburou family's status as a money manager.
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