The School of Hizen Tadayoshi - Saga, Hizen, Japan 1598-1871


To understand the different signatures, you have to know the entire history of the individual smiths concerned. When they were born, how old they were when their fathers died, how many children they had, who their students were, and when they died. Where they lived and worked and who commissioned them. You should understand when they received their titles and honours, and from whom. When you collate this tremendous amount of information into one readable book, only then can you fully understand why there are so many variations in the 9 generations of mainline signatures; only then can you even begin to comprehend ................................................The School of Tadayoshi.


         20 Years of Study and over 3½ years dedicated writing

Over 500 Explanatory Images and Oshigata
38 Colour Photographs
30 Colour Prints including a set of Kuniyoshi prints
9 Colour Spreadsheets of Data
Over 68,000 words of text
214  Pages crammed with chronological information about the Tadayoshi
Foreword by Clive Sinclaire, Chairman, UK Token Society
A variety of
Japanese art from the Author's private collection
All the recognized 'Tadayoshi' signatures shown in oshigata form and explained

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Check out the History page to see a glimpse of the data.

Invaluable to anyone studying Hizen Tadayoshi and Hizento in general.

Even the Japanese dealers will be using it!          

THE most concise book in the English language about THE most prestigious Shinto/Shin-Shinto School of Swordsmiths.

The new PDF format CD is now available for US$39 (includes airmail shipping & handling charge).

This CD is self installing for use with Adobe Reader (included).

It has the same content as the book in PDF format,

plus the recently discovered ancestors of the Tadayoshi (Kinuko Manuscript),

and includes some additional art material.

(Shipped with the now obsolete MS Word format CD for free while stocks last)