Luc Taelman (BEL)
President of the Western Branch, board member of the NKBKHK
In 2016, Jo Anseeuw was appointed as a director of the NKBKHK, and was tasked to focus on foreign members and relations. In october 2016, Jo Anseeuw and Luc Taelman were asked by Mr Nagata, President of the Katchukai, to start a Western branch.
Consequently, the western branch of the association (in short: the Japanese Armor Society) was established in early 2017.
Paul Bowman (GBR)
Honorary Vice President of the Token Society of Great Britain
Paul has held a deep interest in Japanese art and culture, predominantly focused on swords, for more than 40 years. During that time he was fortunate to be able to study under a number of leading European collectors including Michael Hagenbusch, Graham Curtis and Deryck Ingham.
Paul served as Chairman of the Token Society of Great Britain from 2015 to 2021. Uitilisng some of the networking and communication skills developed over a 45 year international career he used his tenure as Chairman to focus on education and improving interaction and co-operation between different groups in Europe the USA and Asia Pacific. He has helped students and collectors to appreciate the form and history of the Japanese sword and has written many articles on the subject. These have been published in a number of magazines and on The Token Society of GB website www.to-ken.uk . He has also worked closely with museums in the UK, arranging and participating in various seminars and study days.
In 2018 Paul chaired the educational committee of the inaugural Samurai Art Expo event in Utrecht and contributed material and presentations for the programme.
In 2022 Paul was elected to the position of Honorary Vice President of the Token Society of Great Britain and has continued to contribute to the Society’s activities.