Pictures from a Friend in Japan

Our friend, Daisuke, is a whip enthusiast hailing all the way from Japan. He was a member a wild west show, so he really knows how to crack a whip!

   

He also practices the art of Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu. This is a type of matchlock shooting that began in the 1500s. At the time, Portuguese traders had made it to Japan and brought with them the arquebus, a muzzle-loaded firearm with a matchlock. They became so popular that in true Japanese fashion, shooting these firearms became an art form.

   

The seven pictures below are from a demonstration in Tokyo with the final photo showing Daisuke with his firearms.

   

Tokyo Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu Demonstration Tokyo Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu Demonstration Tokyo Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu Demonstration Tokyo Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu Demonstration Tokyo Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu Demonstration Tokyo Morishige-ryuu Houjyutsu Demonstration Daisuke with his firearms

   

Daisuke also has friends in New Mexico. Tom and Jennifer Curtis are famous silversmiths. Here are some photos of his visit there:

   

Daisuke with Tom and Jennifer Curtis Daisuke with Tom Curtis Daisuke with Jennifer Curtis

   

Demonstration at a school in Albuquerque:

   

Demonstration in Albuquerque school

The Indian Market in Santa Fe:

   

With Jennifer and Tom Curtis 

Daisuke in front of beautiful Mt. Fuji with his Jeep CJ-7.

   

In front of Mt Fuji

Thanks, Daisuke for the great pics.