The Sukagawa City Museum in Fukushima has online, the collection of the tosogu of Mr Aotsu Yasuju. Mr. Aotsu was born in Sukagawa in 1893. He collected Tosogu while running a ceramics shop in Sukagawa. He continued collecting for 70 years and donated most of the collection to Sukagawain in 1981. Mr Aotsu passed away in 1984.
The Aotsu collection contains over 420 tsuba from most of the major tsuba schools from the Kamakura era to the Edo era with the main interest being in Iron tsuba. There is also a healthy selection of Fuchigashira, Kozuka and some Menuki. In addition, the curators believe the quality of this collection is to be judged as high. The museum say they were both surprised and pleased that he handed over so splendid a collection to the city. Sukagawa City Museum also note that they take great care of this precious document and work hard to preserve it for future generations.
The museum exhibits a part of this collection once in several years. They say is difficult to exhibit it all at one time. Sukagawa City Museum are going to exhibit the Tosogu of Mr Aotsu (about 100 pieces) this year from July to August.