Gō Yoshihiro


Gō Yoshihiro (義弘), Kenmu (建武, 1334-1338), Etchū, civilian name Gō Umanojō (江右馬允), he lived in Etchū ́s Matsukura district (松倉) and due to his place of residence is was called since earliest times „Matsukura-gō“ (松倉郷), or also shortly „Gō“ (郷), that was often replaced during the Edo period by the shorter (江). Unfortunately there are neither signed nor dated blades extant by Gō Yoshihiro, but on the basis of works attributed to him his artistic period can be determined from the end of the Kamakura to the early Nanbokuchō period, stylistically he mixed the Sōshū with elements of the Yamashiro and Yamato tradition, that means he does not necessarily emphasize the Sōshū characteristics, he was the best of the Masamune no Jittetsu ( 正宗の十哲) and left masterworks like the meibutsu Inaba-Gō (稲葉江), Tomita-Gō (富田江) and Samidare-Gō (五月雨江). Hokurikudō ( 北陸道).