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About the Blade
Swordsmith
Awataguchi Yoshimitsu (粟田口吉光)
Forge Date
Kamakura period (12-14th century)
Inscription
吉光
Yoshimitsu
Current Sword Length
? cm
Current Blade Hamon (Historical)
?
Sheath
?
Current Location
Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館)
Public Viewing
Yes
- April 4, 2017 - May 7, 2017
- July 4, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Blade Appearance
History
  • The famous cook Taga Takatada (多賀高忠, 1425-1486) is said to have carved a crane with this tantou of Toushirou Yoshimitsu, thus the name Houchou Toushirou.
  • Houchou Toushirou was owned by Tokugawa Ieyasu who passed it down to Yorinobu (徳川頼宣, 1602-1671), Ieyasu´s tenth son and founder of the Kii branch of the Tokugawa family. Later it remained family-owned by the Tokugawa.
Miscellaneous
  • Houchou Toushirou was damaged during the Great Fire of Meireki.

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