Jumyo

JUMYO wakizashi possibly early Edo period;

mei: “Mino Ju Jumyo”
sugata: wakizashi, or better called sunobi tanto, hira-zukuri, iori-mune;
nagasa: 39.0 cm; width at hamachi is 3.08 cm, thickness 0.74 cm, sori 0.8 cm
nakago: ubu, one mekugi ana, go-ji mei, kuri-jiri tip
hamon: ko-gunome midare with togari-gunome on upper blade, hitatsura in places;
boshi: short kaeri;
[Mino-to p. 105/219, 220]
(oshigata from Aoi Art)
Tosho signing Jumyo worked all through both koto and shinto periods. This wide “stretched tanto” could be from early-mid shinto.
The form of the mei “Mino Ju Jumyo” is uncommon; Jumyo can also be read as Toshinaga
The Jumyo mei was also a good luck symbol; separately, “ju” means celebration/luck/happiness, and “myo” means life.
However, the words together in Japanese actually mean “lifespan”.

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