As we come to the end of this 10 part series on famous Japanese bakushi from history, I want to thank all of the visitors to these pages for their attention and kind comments. It's been my pleasure to share some of the information I've gleaned in over 40 years of studying the fascinating art of kinbaku and only hope it's entertained most of you and perhaps even answered a few questions.
I'd also like to thank my publishers, King Cat Ink, for the space on their lovely sales site to post these columns and also their great support staff for forwarding the many messages I've received.
For those readers who might have come late to this series, I'm happy to report that my publishers have agreed to leave the "Archive" pages up for awhile where all of these columns and their accompanying pictures have been stored. Just click on the "View Archives" button (above or on the home page) and you'll find everything that's been posted over the last 10 months in one easy to search file.
As I said at the beginning of this series, these short biographies are only the tip of the iceberg as far as the world of kinbaku is concerned and if you found them interesting and useful you might consider purchasing "The Beauty of Kinbaku." There you will find not only more extensive material on Itoh Seiyu, Minomura Kou, Nureki Chimuo et al. but also a gallery of photos, the complete history of kinbaku and full biographies of such modern masters as Masato Marai and Akira Naka, Western bakushi such as the talented Osada Steve, artists like Obinata and Ozuma, actors and models like the legendary Tani Naomi, writers of the quality of Oniroku Dan and even film makers like Hiroki Ryuichi and Ishii Takashi.
There is a lot in the world of Kinbaku to explore! Play safely and enjoy!
Until next time!