Title: Ichou Matsuba Mon Chirashi
This Fuchi Kashira was made from copper. The Ichou (銀杏, Ginkgo) pattern decorates this Fuchi Kashira. Ichou contains lots of water; therefore, it is fire-resistant. It does not easily die even if flames burn it. Because of its strong vitality and longevity, the Ichou pattern has been considered a good-luck motif. In Japan, Ichou trees often can be found in shrines. People believe it Goshinboku (ご神木, tree of worship) and treat it respectfully. Also, many families enjoy using this plant pattern for their family crests. In Japanese, there is another word that has the same pronunciation. It is written as “異朝” and means a foreign country. Based on this common pronunciation, it is thought the Ichou (銀杏) pattern shows the joy of welcoming honored guests from overseas.
The Matsuba (松葉, pine needle) pattern is also engraved on this Fuchi Kashira. As a pair of pine needles are still connected after falling, it represents a deep bond (especially the bond between a married couple). Also, it is said this plant motif symbolizes eternity and longevity.
What is Fuchi Kashira?
Fuchi Kashira is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which improves the handle’s strength. Fuchi Kashira is a combination of two parts; Fuchi and Kashira. Fuchi was put next to Tsuba (hand-guard), and Kashira was put on the grip bottle. Fuchi Kashira had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.
Why is it that the sword mounting was important for Samurai?
The sword mountings of the Japanese sword have many kinds of decorations such as handguards (Tsuba), sword hilt (Menuki), pommel (Fuchi Kashira). The Japanese sword not only worked as a weapon but also as an object to show who he was. For example, it shows their personalities and beliefs. You could say that it is like decorations for smartphones today. We recommend you zoom in the pictures of the sword fittings. When you do so, you can see the skill of Japanese metal engraving techniques. They are mainly made of iron and copper with inlays of gold, silver, and bronze. When it comes to handguard (Tsuba), each one has a different outline and weight. These sword fittings that have lived with Japanese swords in the same age might be worth as much as the Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Yet, if you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the Samurai.
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
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It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.
*Please keep in mind there is a significant delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. Therefore, if you like us to ship with a different shipping carrier such as UPS, we will charge additional costs. If you want to know the detail of shipping, please feel free to contact us.
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