- Japanese: 明珍家 (Myouchin ke)
The Myôchin school, or family, was a lineage of renowned armorers stretching back to the 12th century. The successive heads of the Myôchin line remained prominent and famed through the Edo period, and retain a succession and a sizable collection of notable items of arms & armor today.
The lineage traces its origins to an armorer named Munesuke (宗介) who lived on Kujô-dôri in 12th century Kyoto. Attracting the attention and favor of Emperor Konoe (r. 1141-1155, Munesuke was granted the honorific art-name (gô) "Myôchin," which he then passed on to his descendants.
Selected Members of the Myôchin lineage
- Myôchin Munesuke 明珍宗介 (54th family head, 1688-1735)
- Myôchin Masuda (active c. 1688-1749)
- Myôchin Munemasa 明珍宗正 (55th family head)
- Myôchin Munemasa 明珍宗政 (56th family head)
- Myôchin Munemasu 明珍宗益 (or Sôeki, 57th family head)
- Myôchin Sômin 明珍宗妙 (58th family head)
- Myôchin Munekuni 明珍宗邦 (or Sôhô, 59th family head)
- Myôchin Muneie 明珍宗家
- Myôchin Muneharu 明珍宗治 (60th family head)
- Myôchin Muneyoshi
- Myôchin Nobuie
- Plaque at family grave of the Myôchin line, Kôgen-ji, Tokyo.