Like luggage labels, they were to identify the owners of a particular yari. Since you would have to leave yari outside and inn or hostel they simply showed who owned what. This would be especially true during the gyoretsu where they may have been 50 or more similar or identical yari in a bundle outside. Ian B
Yes, yari-jirushi. What I can see of the blurb says there are various stories as to their actual use including the ability to distinguish between the processions/members of various Daimyo when they all converged in Edo on the Sankin Kotai.
A J friend of mine has a collection similar to the one in your photo above; he assured me that these are a) rare and b) not cheap to source. Somehow over the years I have managed to acquire perhaps four or five while not actively pursuing them. Sweet little objects indeed.
Perhaps we could have a spear-dangle Yari-jirushi thread here. (They seem to be very similar if not identical in some cases to the ones worn hanging off the left shoulder Sode, when wearing full armour.)
Piers, I have what may be a sode jirushi kindly given to me by Mr. Jigura at Kinokunia. It is just a bit of white hemp with a bit of bamboo along the top edge and with an inked diagonal. I asked whether it was a sode jirushi and he said - maybe. On the way out he also said- might be a luggage label. Rather confusingly there are very similar things hanging from a short stick you stuck into your belt at the small of the back. Goodness knows what they were for - keeping tengu from attacking your rear? Ian B
Post by Dave Thatcher on Jun 21, 2017 11:43:54 GMT
Okay, today in between restorations I've made a concept Yari display stand based on the iron Mountain Menpo display. I also made another Jirushi tag in leather and kinpauk. This is all proof of concept. I can make these jirushi using urushi, single, double or triple sets.