Circa 1716 - 5 Sep 1747
HIZEN KUNI TADAHIRO
5 Sep 1747+
HIZEN KUNI TADAYOSHI
HIZEN KUNI OMI (no) KAMI TADAYOSHI
OMI (no) KAMI TADAYOSHI
BORN: 1696 in Saga, Hizen
DIED: 15th June 1775 (age 80)
NAME: Hashimoto Sahinsaemon [Omi (no) Kami Tadayoshi]
FATHER: Omi Daijo Tadayoshi (4th Gen. Tadayoshi)
The 5th gen. Tadayoshi was born to Omi Daijo Tadayoshi (4th gen.) in 1696 and he later became known as 'Omi (no) Kami Tadayoshi', working from circa 1716 (when he would have been 20 years old) until his death in 1775. He signed "Hizen Kuni Tadahiro" whilst his father was alive until 1747, and there appears to be two distinct ways he chiseled 'Hiro' in this mei as discussed on the following page. Again, little is known about the 5th gen. Tadayoshi, but he reportedly signed dai-mei for his aging father the 4th gen. The oshigata on page 131 show the mei "Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi" and "Hizen Kuni Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi". Only the 4th gen. signed using 'Omi Daijo Tadayoshi', but the handwriting is that of the Godai.
The Godai took over The School upon the death of his father in 1747, whereupon he signed "Hizen Kuni Tadayoshi". He received the title 'Omi (no) Kami' in 1750 after which he began signing "Hizen Kuni Omi (no) Kami Tadayoshi" and "Omi (no) Kami Tadayoshi". He is the first of the later Tadayoshi smiths to sign 'Omi (no) Kami' Tadayoshi, hence his colloquial name.
Signatures by the 4th, 5th and possibly 7th generations are very distinct in that they are the only mei with...
...continued in "The School of Tadayoshi, Saga, Hizen, Japan,1598 - 1871"
Japanese music piece entitled 'Tsuki'