The Minogame is said to live at least a thousand years with some living up to 10,000 years! and have a long, hairy tail, which is actually seaweed and algae that have grown on its shell due to its ripe old age! It has very similar to the real-life common tortoise, which can live for hundreds of years. In Japanese culture, the Minogame represents longevity and wisdom, and is a long-revered symbol of both. In art, it is often shown with other gods and symbols of longevity, such as the crane, or Taoist deities such as Jurōjin. The Minogame is also often depicted with the Three Jewels, which represent fortune.
Soroi – kanagu (揃⾦具) ‒ Set of fittings
Shōshin (正真) ‒ Authentic
Non-Profit Organization (特定⾮営利活動法⼈) Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (⽇本⼑剣保存会) ‒ NTHK
Board Chairman (理事⻑): Miyano Teiji (宮野貞司)
Meibun (銘⽂) ‒ Signature:
Tsuba , fuchi gashira , menuki , and kozuka signed “Ōmori Terutomo + kaō ” (⼤森英知「花押」) plus ages 71 to 73
Shitaji (下地) ‒ Foundation: of pure silver
Peony and shishi lion design
Takabori relief, zōgan inlay, iroe color accents
Koshirae (拵え) ‒ Mounting: menuki of silver, in kata chibori , depicting shishi lions signed via tanzaku – mei : “Ōmori ‒ Terutomo” (⼤森、英知)
Bikō (備考) ‒ Remarks:
Second generation, late Edo period
shinsaʼin natsuʼin (審査員捺印) ‒ Seals of Judges: 5 seals
Terutomo´s successor was his son Hidetomo (秀知) who also signed whilst his father was still alive with „Terutomo“. Terutomo and Hidetomo both used the family name „Ōmori“. Hidetomo´s first name was „Sadabei“ (定兵衛). He also studied under Teruhide and used the gō „Ryūrinsai“ (龍鱗斎). The roots of the Nobara and Tokuno family were in Sendai (仙台). Hidetomo died in the fourth year of Bunka (1807) at the age of 65. A better known student of Hidetomo was Tomohiro (知広) from the Takenouchi family (竹内). But Tomohiro also signed with the family name „Nobara“ and the gō „Ichigyokudō“ (一玉堂), so it seems that the latter was used successively by this branch of the Ōmori family. A student and the later adopted son of Terutatsu was Tokuno Terukatsu (英勝).