The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

Tokyo National Museum

poster for The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan
[Image: Katana Sword, Known as "Kanze Masamune" Unsigned, By Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)]

Ends in 38 days

Swords have a long history in Japan and have been admired as objects for more than 600 years. This thematic exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the different aspects of swords as they have come to be valued over time, inviting them to look at various actual blades.
Many technical terms are referred to in the appreciation of Japanese swords meaning that it is often difficult for non-experts to understand the extent of their appeal. Generations of Japanese ancestors, however, have employed such language freely in order to comprehend the abstract beauty of swords.
Here visitors can enjoy the enigmatic but striking beauty of swords against the backdrop of their history in Japan.

Venue: Honkan Room 14



from December 05, 2017 to February 25, 2018


Adults ¥620, University Students ¥410, High School Students and under, Under 18s and Seniors over 70 free. Special Exhibition Fees may be charged separately.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Closing hour might changed depending on season. On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open, but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Phone: 03-5777-8600

10 minutes walk from Ueno or Uguisudani Station on the JR Yamanote Line, 15 minutes walk from Ueno Station on the Ginza or Hibiya Lines or 15 minutes walk from Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Line.

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