54|Masamune Tomb in Honkakuji Temple (本覚寺)

Masamune (正宗) tomb is in Honkaku-Ji Temple (本覚寺) in Kamakura.  Here is a map of Honkakuji temple and Masamune kogei store in Kamakura .  This store is owned by Tsunahiro Yamamura who is the 24th generation of Masamune.

Below is the map of Kamakura which shows the location of the Honkakuji Temple (red circle) and Masamune Kogei store (circle with X in it).  Both approx. 6 or 7 minutes on foot from the Kamakura station.

54 Honkakuji map in red

This map is from the Kamakura station information center.

The direction to the Honkakuji Temple (本覚寺 )

Take Yokosuka line from Tokyo station(approx. one hour) —-Get off at Kamakura-Eki (station) —–Exit from the east exit (front exit) —-Go straight and cross the road —–Turn right and go up to the post office —-Turn left at the post office (Honkaku-Ji temple sign is at the corner of the post office) —– Honkaku-Ji Temple is short distance from the post office.

54 Honnkakuji 2 54 Honnkakuji 1

54 large Masamune monument only 54 Small Masamune tomb only

Both tombstones are the memorial tower erected for Masamune in Edo Period

54 Honnkakuji 4 54 Honnkakuji 3

The direction to the Masamune Kogei store (marked circle with X on the map)

Take Yokosuka Line from Tokyo (approx. one hour)——Get off at Kamakura Eki (station)—-Exit from the East exit (front exit) —-turn left to Komachi street —–turn left to the first small street ——- Cross the railroad track —– Short distance from the railroad track ——–Masamune kogei is on your left

54 Yamamura 1 Mr. Yamamura & I (2019)

52|Part 2 of —–17|Late Kamakura Period Tanto (Early Soshu-Den)

Chapter 52 is the continued part of Chapter 17 Late Kamakura Period Tanto (Early Soshu-Den).  Please read Chapter 17 before reading this section.

The circle above indicates the time we discuss in this section.

In  Chapter 17 Late Kamakura Period Tanto (Early Soshu-Den), a general common characteristic of the late Kamakura period Tanto style (that is early Soshu-Den) was described.  The next two photos fit in with the common characteristic of early Soshu-Den Tanto.

Masamune Photo below

Goro Nyudo Masamune (五郎入道正宗) was born in Kamakura as a son of Tosaburo Yukimitu (藤三郎行光).  Masamune is a very well-known swordsmith even among those who are not interested in swords.  His father Tosaburo Yukimitsu is also a top swordsmith among the Early Soshu Den.  Masamune’s tombstone is in Honkaku-JI (本覚寺) temple near Kamakura train station, approximately 6 minutes’ walk from the station.

Goro Nyudo Masamune (相州伝五郎入道正宗) from Sano Museum Catalog (permission granted). 

Masamune photo—– Hira-zukuri (flat)Very slightly sakizori (tip portion curves slightly outward).  Bo-hi and Tsure-hi (parallel thin groove).  Ko-maru Boshi.   Hamon is Notare (wavy).  From the illustration above, Sunagashi, Nijyuu-ba can be seen.  This type of Nakago is called Tanago-bara.   Masamune Tanto is often Mu- Mei (no signature). This particular tanto is called Komatsu Masamune (小松政宗). It is rare for Masamuneto to have wide mihaba with sori, and hamon is a little different for Masamune. Sano Museum catalog described that by judging from the clear nie, chikei, Kinsuji, this sword should be judged as Masamune.

Enju Photo below

Higo Province Enju Kunisuke  From Sano Museum Catalog
(permission granted)

Enju group lived Higo Province in Kyushu.  The characteristic of the Enju group is very similar to the one with the Yamashiro Den.  Because Enju Kunimura who started the Enju group was related to Rai Kuniyuki of Yamashiro-Den. 

Enju Photo—-Hamon is Hoso Suguha (straight temper line).  Boshi is Ko-maru.  The front engraving is Suken (left photo) and the engraving on the back is Gomabashi ( right photo).  Jihada is a tight Itame.