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"Images In Time"

Fine Tsuba Prints by Guy Junker

These photos are masterful gems. Guy Junker takes samurai armor, swords, tsuba and arrows and turns them into artistic compositions. He uses arrangement and close focus to create aesthetic compositions. As a viewer you are struck by the beauty of the image while reminded of the inherent samurai spirit – a heritage that you as a martial artist have inherited.

Each 8 x 10 print comes with a double matte board making the overall size 11 x 14 inches. The back of each print is signed and dated by Guy Junker and features his red signature stamp. They are also individually numbered. Guy Junker is an illustrator and photographer living on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. He has been studying Muso Jikiden Eishen-ryu iaijutsu on Maui since 1999.


 

Tsuba –
Samurai Armor

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Samurai Armour

A warm sepia tone photograph

This samurai battle armor is almost alive with its energy and fierce expression. The helmet (kabuotbachi) has metal strips tied together to protect the neck and is crowned with ornamentation (kuwagasta) kept in place with a cord tied under the neck in front of the throat guard. The facemask (with Me no Shita) looks life-like with its sculptured nose, chin and startling white mustache.

 

Tsuba –
The Mountain

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The Mountain

A warm sepia tone photograph

Noto, or the returning of the sword to the scabbard, is a fundamental part of iaido (the art of drawing the Japanese sword) training. The angle at which the sword first meets the saya (scabbard) has been referred to as a mountain. This angle is very important because it protects the opening of the saya from damage. It also makes putting the sword away much easier.

 

Tsuba -
Katana And Saya

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Katana and Saya

A warm sepia tone photograph

The Japanese sword is truly an incredible work of art and was a principal weapon of the samurai. So highly was it regarded that the sword was said to embody the honor and spirit of the warrior, his family and clan. The katana, or long sword, had a scabbard called a saya. This saya has a wrapping of sting ray skin which increases the strength of the saya and also adds to its beauty. The tsuba on this particular sword is in the motif of a gourd and the handle wrapping is silk.

 

Tsuba –
Taiko Drum

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Taiko Drum

A warm sepia tone photograph

Detail of a taiko drum. Today taiko (meaning large drum) are used in Japanese festivals and during important martial arts gatherings or special training. The drum is also used in the art of taiko drumming.

For the Samurai, however, taiko was as a battlefield instrument. By the 1500's in warfare the taiko could be heard across the battlefields – used both as an instrument of intimidation as well as a means issuing commands and coordinating movements.

 

Tsuba –
Random Willow Leaf Yahone

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Random Willow Leaf Yahone

A warm sepia tone photograph

These elaborate Yanone, or Japanese arrowheads, are in the Yanagi-Ba (willow leaf) style. The intricate saw cut patterns feature Mons (family crests) and Sakura (cherry blossoms). Once instruments of life and death battle, their depiction in a close-up random order creates an artistic pattern imbued with energy and danger.

 

Tsuba –
Seven Ropecutters

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Seven Ropecutters

A warm sepia tone photograph

These seven Yanone, or Japanese arrowheads, are in the Kirimata (rope cutter) style. The heart shaped piercings are called Inome (boar's eye). They were used both on the battlefield and in hunting. Laid out in close formation across a bundle of cut straw with arrowheads angled outward, they appear almost to be moving toward the viewer.

 

Tsuba –
Hammon School Tsuba

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Hammon School Tsuba

A warm sepia tone photograph

Close up, this sword guard presents a beautiful flower pattern. But to the warrior it was vital protection for his hands and wrists when fighting sword against sword or other weapon in battle. This remarkable Hamano school tsuba depicts a bee and chrysanthemum flower. The signature on the tsuba reads “Otsu Ryuken Miboku by the smith Manano Masahide.”

 

Tsuba –
Takeda Shiggen Tsuba

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Takeda Shiggen Tsuba

A warm sepia tone photograph

The Shingen Tsuba is also known as the Mukade or "Centipede" tsuba. This style of wrapping wire through the tsuba is said to have been started by the famous general Takeda Shingen.

 

Tsuba –
Saddle & Riding Crop Tsuba

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Saddle & Riding Crop Tsuba

A warm sepia tone photograph

This unusual tsuba is signed and has the unique design of a Japanese saddle and riding crop. The wooden paulownia boxes in the background are used to store and protect the tsuba. This print has been reproduced in a warm sepia tone with a double matboard.

 

Tsuba –
Random Ropecutter Arrowheads

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Random Ropecutter Arrowheads

A warm sepia tone photograph

The Kirimata (rope cutter) style arrowhead are were used in both battle and for hunting game. This photographic print has been reproduced in a warm sepia tone.

 
 
 

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