Are you interested Samurai? Have you ever seen Katana on the old Japanese movie? Katana is Japanese traditional sword. Since the introduction of sword-making techniques from the Asian Continent, Japanese swords have been improved throughout Japan’s long history of warfare. Do you wanna have a look and wanna learn history?
The Japanese Sword Museum collects and preserves 152 items, including swords such as the ones designated as National Treasures made by Nobuyoshi, Kuniyuki (Rai) and Kuniyuki (Taima), sword fittings, armor, and documents of metal working. Usually, exhibitions such as the “Koto (old sword) and Shinto (new sword) Exhibition” are held and the works of famous sword smiths from the Heian to Edo Periods (782-1867) are on display. The Archives Room houses about 1,500 historical documents and archives on swords.
In addition to swords, you can admire dozens of beautifully decorated fittings, scabbards and stands, and a full-size suit of armor. In order to promote the practice of traditional crafts, the museum also sponsors competitions in the areas of sword-making, polishing, and crafting of fittings. In 1948, after American forces returned the katana (Japanese swords) they’d confiscated during the postwar occupation, the national Ministry of Education established a society, and this museum, to preserve the feudal art of Japanese sword-making.
There are dozens of swords on display here, with English explanations throughout. The museum’s location, in a residential neighborhood, is bit difficult to find but worth to be there for sure! The place is located in Shinjuku area (8min from Hatsudai station by walk) Interesting? Please check it out!