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


Hamon@\Variations of the Temper Patterns\
Tuesday January 5 | Sunday March 27.2016

The hamon (temper line) on the blade of a Japanese sword forms one of its main visual features as well as being indispensable functionally. Since the Japanese sword, as we know it today, was perfected during the latter part of the Heian period (794-1185), numerous different styles of hamon have been developed, from the suguha (straight hamon) that is typical of early swords, to the chŌji (clove), notare (undulating), togariba (pointed), etc. These were not solely functional, but also displayed the high degree of artistic sense that has been sublimated into Japanfs unique culture.
Moreover, relatively few Japanese swords are limited to a single style of hamon, the vast majority combining numerous different styles to provide great variety, a single sword representing work of art in itself. We hope that this exhibition will allow you to experience the fascination of these hamon that were developed freely over a period of approximately.



Next Exhibition: Tuesday March 29 | Sunday May 15.2016 Exhibition of Kajo Suzuki's donated items


Information
Hours 10:00-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)
Closed Mondays
Admission fee Adults : 600JPY
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).
Map Map link
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.