While we are on the subject, Jo sent me a copy of the Wereldpublishers Samurai book/catalogue. I have thanked him privately, but this is a good chance to say so in public. The Japanese people I have shown this book to have been blown away by the quality of material that has gone abroad. Many thanks, Jo.
Well, it is on the way, Jo sent me "awesomized" photos, it even has the original shipping box! He has skills! I have longed for this book since Ian told me of it years ago, I have drooled over the one on Andy M's site, even thought about dropping the serious coin he wanted.
You're very welcome. I just love books and hunting for them. And I guess I like helping people if they have a specific wish/'longing'.
Piers, I think many Japanese would be surprised too see the quality that has gone abroad. A difficult discussion, but what I have learned over the years is that these foreign collectors really take care of these old pieces... (and that catalogue/exhibition is/was really awesome...)