Before I begin on my visit to the musem, I thought I would add a little about the area of Sukagawa. It is a lovely town with many interesting palces to visit. One of the more interesting site I visited this trip is the site of Atagoyama-jo which means Castle. The site of the castle dates to the Kamkura period 鎌倉 時代 and it is facitnating to be able to see how it was layed out.
When we look at the sarrounds of the site, we notice that soil is piled high around an open space. This piling of soil is known as Dorui 土塁 (earthen wall) and this was to prevent the enemy attacking from the sides. At the rear, there is a stepp cliff and the entrance of the castle is a narrow passage in the far corner. Any enemies attacking are forced to gather in one place making the castle easy to defend. There is a small momument to the right and this is a memorial service monument built in 1312. It shows that the history of this site is old and significant to the city of Sukagawa. There is also a Shinto shrine here, it is known as Atago Shrine (愛宕神社, Atago Jinja) . Atago Shrine is a shrine to the God of the war IKUSA 戦. Atago Shrine is also known for a God of Fire prevention and a God who brings victory to war. In olden days, many samurai prayed at Atago Shrine. In the early Edo ear, it is said that Ieyasu Tokugawa worshiped the God of Atago Shrine in the war of Sekigahara and he won. He then later built the famous Shiba-Atago Shrine at Tokyo Shiba.
Sukagawa has many fine attractions and is well worth a visit.
This years visit to the museum had me, as I mentioned above, look at the collection of Kogai, Kozuka and Fuchi Kashira. I was able to look over 76 items on this trip and I would like to share some thought’s on some of these pieces.
First I looked at the Kogai 笄.
In comparison, this part of the collection is quite small and I was able to look at 10 pieces. They were greatly varied in both style and workmanship. The item numbered #464 and attributed to Mino was the most interesting piece there.
Next I looked at the Kozuka 小柄.
I looked at approximately 27 pieces and these to were varied in both style and workmanship. The Kozuka were of more interest and better quality than the Kogai and there were several pieces that interested me.# 434 was Ko Goto in my opinion and quite nice. #437, a Kaga Kozuka depicting Autumn incests was very nice and well executed. This was one of the better pieces there
#438 also was another well executed piece from the kaga provence. The theme is a long sleve Kimono and a Koto. The strings of the Koto were fine and the kozuka was finished in a rich shakudo.
Other interesting pieces included a Omori Teruhide with the typical wave design deeply carved and well executed. A very interesting piece signed Yasuchika that depicts a Bonito and was quite nicely carved. A Guribori kozuka in the classic arabesque carved style. Finished in silver with copper and shakudo layers. Studying the Kojiri (end of the kozuka) one can see all the layers that make up the coloured plates in these pieces.
Lastly I looked at Fuchgashra 縁頭.
There were a lot of Fuchigashira and a lonfg with the tsuba collection, appears to be something Mr Aotsu liked to collect. Many of these tiems are late Edo and not really a part of my study area.The quality was generally good as per the rest of the collection, but not being able to add anything in detailabout the various aspects of late Edo Kinko, it is probably best I leave it out. As a result I will not offer anything on these items. The fuchigashira are available to see online via the link to Fuchigashira. I have added all the seperate links ofr each of the groups.
Again, I would like to thank my very kind hosts, the management and staff of the Sukagawa City Museum. I would especially like to thank again Kazue Kan’no. Without Kan’no, my visits would not be possible at at all.
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