Original Title: Jujutsu no Okugi: The Secret Techniques of Jujutsu
Pronunciation: Jujutsu no Okugi: The Secret Techniques of Jujutsu
MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Scroll
DIMENSIONS: 5 X 362 inches (30 feet long / over 9 meters)
COMPONENTS: Generally fair shape, rare.
NOTES: Rare and original.
priceInfo: 462-463: 650,1000; 325, 500
ITEM ID: 901
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Jujitsu and Judo Scroll

PRONUNCIATION: Jujutsu no Okugi: The Secret Techniques of Jujutsu

Japanese manuscript scroll on Jujitsu and Judo.

According to Peter Francis Kornicki FBA, a English Japanologist and Emeritus Professor of Japanese at Cambridge University and Deputy Warden of Robinson College, Cambridge… “at the end of the text there is an alternative title, Jūjutsu zukai (Jūjutsu illustrated). I cannot find any traces of either title. I do not think that this is a Taisho period manuscript. I suspect that the Taisho attribution is a reflection of the fact that judo became very popular at the end of the Meiji period.

The term judo was new, but there are plenty of Edo-period texts including the word jūjutsu, mostly dating from the second half of the Edo period. Both the nature of the cover and the handwriting suggest that this is in fact an Edo-period manuscript dating to the early 1800s. The colophon at the end, which is in a more modern hand than the rest of the manuscript, states that this is a secret art and it is signed and sealed by Wakayama Bunjirō of Nagoya, who seems to have been an active publisher in Nagoya in the 1880s. My guess is that he acquired this manuscript.”

According to scholar Ian Cipperly, “The title of this manuscript is ‘Jujutsu no Okugi: The Secret Techniques of Jujutsu.'”