Orange County Hanamatsuri Festival and Display – 1998
By Roger Davis
from the May 1998 Nanka Token Kai Newsletter
Hi all……as promised following is a brief listing of some of the goodies displayed by the So. California Sword Club (Nanka Token Kai) at this past weekends Hanamatsuri Festival in Orange County. There were swords from eight centuries….13th. through the 20th:
Katana…1222….Bishû Aoe Moritoshi…..62.4 cm.
Katana…1375….Bizen Osafune school…..71.0 cm.
Katana…1469….Satsuma Nami-no-Hira Yoshimitsu…..74.9 cm.
Tachi….. 1532….Sagami Sôshû Hirotsugu…..66.7 cm.
Katana…1661….Ôwari certified to Jumyo II…..72.3 cm.
Waki……1725….Yamato Monju Kiju…..49.1 cm.
Katana…1825….Certified to tenth Sendai Kanesada…..69.4 cm.
Katana…1944….Tokushima Kojima Hidemine…..67.6 cm.
Other displayed pieces included:
Tantô…..1280….Yamashiro Rai Kunimitsu (yes, a real one)
Ko-Wak..1394….Dewa Gassan…..33.4 cm.
Tantô……1444…Bizen Osafune Hidekage…..27.3 cm.
Tantô……1781…Sagami Tsunahiro……26.7 cm.
Waki…….1980…Yoshindo Shoji Saku (both brothers)…..37.9 cm.
Yari………1681…Fujiwara Kanenaka
Tantô……1504…Bingo Mihara Takamitsu…..15.4 cm.
Ko-Gatana..1830…Rikuoku Kaiyo Michinaga…..12.1 cm.
Ko-Gatana..1844…Yamashiro Raijo Iga (no)Kami Kinmichi….12.3 cm.
Yanone….1550…Echizen Takasue……7.9 cm.
Yari………1673…Chikuzen Nobukuni…..9.3 cm.
Plus four cases of fantastic Kodogu and most of the swords had great looking Koshirae. Something for everyone!!! Special thanks to Blaine, John, Richard, Tom, Jim, Terry and Dick for all their help.
Roger Davis