The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords
(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai)
The Japanese Sword Museum

The Ishiguro School of Japanese Sword Fittings Artists
July 26 (Tue) - October 30 (Sun), 2016


Welcome to the special exhibition The Ishiguro School of Japanese Sword Fittings Artistsh. In the late Edo period, the Ishiguro School of engravers formed one of the major currents of sword fittings makers that greatly flourished in Edo area. Their focus and strong point was the depiction of flowers and birds and, thanks to their gorgeous characteristics, they developed a unique style which elevated their works from mere fittings for mounting a sword to stand-alone works of art. Works of Masatsune, the founder of the school, are truly elite and powerful, those of his student Masayoshi are bold and of fluent elegance, and those of Masaaki are of a fine and delicate magnificence. From the late to the end of the Edo period, the Ishiguro School trained many artists who gave rise to a characteristic style that held sway over the then world of sword fittings. Works of the Ishiguro School continue to enjoy great popularity today.
With the quiet Japanese sword boom among women that we experience these days, the beauty of sword fittings once again receives a good deal of attention. In this sense, we want to take you on a trip into the world of the Ishiguro School.
In this exhibition, we feature works of the schoolfs founder Masatsune, of his son Masatsune U(also named Moritsune), of Koretsune, of Masayoshi, the third generation of Ishiguro, and of Masayoshifs son Koreyoshi. In addition to these five artists, the exhibition is rounded off by works from Masayoshifs fellow student Masaaki who played a no less part in the establishment and success of the Ishiguro School than the aforementioned masters.
Parallel to the Ishiguro works, and to provide further background on their gorgeous flowers and birds interpretations, we also want to focus on the painter Okamoto Shuki who was the son of Ishiguro Masayoshi and the brother of Koreyoshi. Thus we would be very pleased if we are able to help you understand and appreciate the Ishiguro artists via this approach.

Next Exhibition:
November 1 (Tue) - 27 (Sun), 2016 @@The 62th Newly Designated Important Swords and Fittings

Hours 10:00-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)
Closed Mondays
Admission fee Adults : 800JPY
Members/Students : 300JPY
Children under 15 : Free
Access 8 minutes by foot from Sangubashi station of Odakyu-Line.
7 minutes by foot from Hatsudai station of Keio-Shin-Sen-Line (the Keio New Line).
Address 4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Tokyo , Japan 151-0053
Phone 03-3379-1386
Fax 03-3379-1389

Sword Museum Access movie
8 minutes by foot from Sangubashi station of Odakyu-Line.

7 minutes by foot from Hatsudai station of Keio-Shin-Sen-Line.

Grutt Pass is a value-priced ticket booklet which provides admission or discounts to the 71 facilities in Tokyo.
gurutto path

* NBTHK Japan offers courtesy service of English translation from 'Token Bijutsu' bulletin to overseas members. Also we started another English translation service of "Nihon Koto Shi" (Hisotry of Koto) written by Dr. Junji (Kunzan) Honma, which we have been carrying in serial form since Token Bijutsu No.547 in 2002 and hope you to encourage foreign sword lovers to join our association. Members receive 'Token Bijutsu' (Japanese edition) every month and are able to see all of sword photos and oshigata of the translations in it.

* Please access to the web site of our overseas branches to apply for your overseas membership.