New Book edited by Richard K. George

This book is a supplement to the first exhibition catalog published by the Kokusai Tosogu Kai, a society dedicated to the study of Japanese sword fittings. It contains images of numerous pieces that were not included in the main exhibition catalog due to time constraints. The book is available on, and clicking on this link will take you to it.

earlier fittings publications from the Kokusai Tosogu Kai

The 2008 Kokusai Tosogu Kai International Convention and Exhibition has come and gone, and the catalog is now available. This link will take you to the page on the site where the book may be purchased. (or you can contact me directly). My work is featured in both the 2006 and 2008 editions of this book.

Finally Published! 2009 KTK Exhibition Catalog

I recently completed the photography of tosogu from North American members of the Kokusai Tosogu Kai which were displayed at the 2009 KTK exhibition at the Nezu Museum in Tokyo this fall. Clicking here will take you to Yamabushi Antiques website who still has copies available for sale. While you're there, be sure to check out their fine selection of tosogu and armors.


Photographing Japanese Sword Fittings

Here is a brief article originally written for members of the Kokusai Tosogu Kai outlining a method of photographing fittings.

Using a Scanner for Photographing Small Items

Let's face it, doing an image of small items can be a pain. You never have enough resolution, the lighting can be really difficult to get right, etc. A lot of people choose not to go through this and instead just plop the item on a scanner and hope for the best. After seeing one too many items being poorly represented by this method, I decided to write a brief article to help people to get better images when using a scanner in this fashion.

Kata 3N1-30 review

I recently acquired a Kata 3N1-30 in the hopes of using it carrying camera gear on trips. This is a brief article describing my modifications to the bag to make it useable for my purposes.