Well, time to close the "blog" about my latest adventures in Japan. Pictures been added to almost every entry so take a look back
What can I say to put a proper end to this?
Just amazing, to be honest. Managed to tick off every single box in my program. The days up in Yonezawa will stay with me forever. The event and the people up there is just priceless. Just yesterday I got a CD with some new pictures. With it came four beautiful chopsticks as an extra gift from one of my translators. The new friendships forged up there is as much important as anything else that happened. I will be back. The following days in Sendai and Okayama was just a pleasure. But I hadn't expected anything else either, to be honest.
I think this trips proves once and for all, if you have a burning interest, go for it. You can make a dream come true. All you have to do is ask.
This trip will hopefully result in something even more exciting way down the road. And with that cliffhanger I will rap it up
Thanks a lot for taking your time to read it. I have enjoyed all your comments and kind words.
Forgot to mention about that beautiful armor from Tokyo museum. I´ve never seen that kind of front construction on the kabuto. On what looks like a toppai-style kabuto, the armor maker added a complete new section to the front plates in order to secure the rabbit ears. The skill shown by the artisan when it comes to those ears are just amazing. Perfect combination between decoration and function. Pretty sure the front part of that kabuto is well and truly bulletproof.
Wanted to end this Teppo-heavy blog with something armor realated, to make everyone happy
Jan, I have to echo Luc! It was an absolute absorbing read. The way you described your adventure gave me sometimes the feeling accompanying you. "To travel" with an alien from the northern territories through Japan, sharing the interests for arms and armor..... was exciting! Thanks a lot
Thanks, Uwe. I have enjoyed writing this little diary very much and encourage others to do the same. It's a good way to document trips like the one I just made. Helps when the memory starts to get soft at this old age Just wished I could have published some pictures in "real time". Well, perhaps next time...
I guess it might have been a blessing that I wasn't able to actually fire one of the guns during the practice session in Shirabu Onsen. Means I have one solid thing left to dream for when it comes to matchlocks Next time, next time...
Two month to the day, I was standing in the pouring rain up in Shirabu Onsen, Yonezawa. My nose filled with smoke from the gunpowder and ears ringing from the insanely loud blasts from their famous matchlocks. Met some amazing people up there that took this crazy viking under their wings. Can´t wait until I get the chance to return.
My tribute to them. The holy trinity of Yonezawa: Bishamonten, Naoe Kanetsugu and the almighty matchlock.