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)]

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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



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