Since the subject of maedate seems to be relatively unexplored territory, I was wondering if anyone has read the maedate book that came out a few years ago? I have a copy of the book which I pore over all the time, but of course, like with Katchumen, I'm thirsting to be able to understand what is written. I, for one would be greatly interested in having this book translated, providing the information is worthy.
John, I don't know about the book, but I am interested in it. I think you have a good subject which is unexplored. I would like to know more about it. As you said before, they are beautiful items which can transform a helmet. They are maybe like women with men, the can make him or break him. What's the name of this interesting book of yours John??? Mischa
I don't actually remember the title of the book (perhaps our Japanese readers/speakers can help here), but the author is Teruo Doi and the book was published by Yuzankaku (yuzankaku.co.jp). It features 100 different styles of maedate with line drawings and photographs (sadly, only in black & white). Each style of maedate is accompanied by 2 or 3 pages of text, so it would seem to be full of info.
Sounds like a new translation-project. This is exactly the kind of book that should be translated via this forum. Very interesting topic, impossible for us non-japanese speaking members to understand without a translation. If, of course, it´possible too lay our hands on a the right amount of original books. The pictures are indeed very important regarding this topic.
How interesting. I have met Prof. Doi on a couple of occasions and I knew he collected maedate but didn't know he had written a book. I believe he teaches Law at one of Tokyo's Universities. he speaks excellent English and I'm sure he would be delighted for his work to be wider known. Ian
It's only printed paper, as a wise man once said... Love that phrase Compared to what a Edo-period maedate costs, specially a one that turns our to be a showa, it's a cheap price to pay for knowledge. And there can't be many books 300+ pages about maedate out there. I say get it done and send the invoice...