HIZEN KUNI TADAHIRO
HISHU JU TADAHIRO SAKU
HIZEN KUNI JU FUJIWARA TADAHIRO
HIZEN KUNI JU HASHIMOTO TAIRA SAKU
HIZEN KUNI SAGA JUNIN SHINSAEMONJO TADAHIRO SAKU
20 Jul 1641
OMI DAIJO TADAHIRO
OMI DAIJO FUJIWARA TADAHIRO
HIZEN KUNI JU OMI DAIJO TADAHIRO
HISHU JU OMI DAIJO FUJIWARA TADAHIRO
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BORN: 1614 in Saga, Hizen
DIED: 27th May 1693 (age 80)
NAME: Hashimoto Heisakuro; later changed to Hashimoto Shinsaemon [Omi Daijo Tadahiro]
FATHER: Hashimoto Shinsaemonjo (Tadayoshi 1st)
Hashimoto Heisakuro (Shinsaemon) (Tadahiro 2nd) was born in Saga, Hizen in 1614 to a 42 year old Hashimoto Shinsaemonjo Tadayoshi (1st. gen.). Tadayoshi 1st had earlier adopted Yoshinobu, so the arrival of Tadahiro 2nd later in life provided a much welcomed blood heir to the Tadayoshi lineage. It is reported that being illegitimate, Tadahiro 2nd was raised in the company of women and was therefore a quiet, thoughtful person who later became dedicated to sword smithing. (It is interesting to note that Iwata Takashi, in his articles on the Hizen Schools published by the NBTHK, says that the Nidai was legitimate. This is contrary to all my other research.) It is said that when Tadayoshi received the title Musashi Daijo on 18 Feb 1624, Tadahiro joined his fathers forge at the age of 10 years old. Tadayoshi 1st, Masahiro 1st, and Yoshinobu all taught the young Tadahiro, and he took over the Tadayoshi School at the age of 19 when his father died in 1632, although it is postulated that Masahiro as senior smith, effectively ran the school for a short time. Tadahiro reportedly made no swords in the year that followed his fathers death; maybe he grieved the passing of his father. At this time, he also changed his family name from Hashimoto Heisakuro to Hashimoto Shinsaemon. His new name first appears in 1634 on a document (pledge) by the Hashimoto family stating...
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