How are you? I hope all is well. My dojo keeps getting bigger and I find myself a prisoner of my own success in terms of getting out and about to other dojo.
I also as you may know, returned to college, and graduated In the top 5% of my class in history. So I look very critically at these things. I routinely examine documents from the 17th and 18th century.
Last year I was reading an invitation to dinner and found at the bottom it was from George Washington, that was quite exciting.
My most recent project has been authoring a book about an ancestor, the driving force of writing it has been based upon a rare photo of a Revolutionary soldier. Less than thirty of these men existed long enough to be captured in photographs.
Here is my pre-release website http://www.immortalpatriot.com https://sites.google.com/site/theimmortalpatriot/
Shushiwa was of course far after this time period.
That image looks entirely too modern to be Shushiwa or even from the time period. It is obviously not a photograph but some type of drawing. Photography began in 1837 and by the 1850's was widespread, although I am not entirely sure about the availability of it to men in remote villages in China. There could in theory be many photographs of Shushiwa.
A mystery does however exist with the picture we all hang in the dojo. I was talking to a retired police officer and student of Jack Summers who told me he was involved in the caravan that took Kanei Uechi and some Chinese guests to
I was told by him that the picture was presented to someone at that time by a Chinese master. On the back of the photo was some writing. From there the photo was supposedly taken to a police crime lab and multiple copies were duplicated.
At this time of course photos were tough to copy, especially without negatives. So maybe if this original someday turns up we may have something.
Most historical writings on Uechi and the system are based upon secondary information and not the primary evidence historians build books and thesis upon.
Even the excellent information given to us by Toyama before his death is so far after the fact that it would be brought to question by an impartial scholar. I myself are glad we have it, because I don't know if better evidence will ever surface.