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

Japanese Swords in Osaka
(Tuesday, July 15 - Sunday, October 26, 2014)

During the Edo period (1603-1868) castle towns were established throughout the country, playing a vital role in the economic and cultural life of the people. The spread of the money economy and the development of distribution channels that made these towns viable encouraged swordsmiths to move into these new urban districts, where they expanded their range of activities.
Of all these new towns, Osaka in particular stands out for the remarkable growth it displayed in the peace that followed the fall of Osaka Castle in 1615. During the latter-half of the 17th century it emerged as the economic center of the country, becoming known as the ekitchen of the countryf and large numbers of swordsmiths relocated there in order to make a new start. Unlike Edo, the majority of its population were merchants rather than samurai, resulting in the appearance of a unique form of aesthetics; the Kyoto-Osaka area evolving an artistic culture quite separate from that of Edo. This fact was reflected in the swords produced there, which display a richly decorative style that had not existed previously, with hamon (temper lines) resembling surging waves, rich engravings on the blades, etc. Furthermore, the cityfs highly-developed commercialism brought a fresh vitality to the field, leading to increased specialization, with numerous craftsmen such as engravers etc., working alongside the swordsmiths and other metalworkers.

The unique culture that blossomed in these conditions peculiar to Osaka continued unbroken through the Edo and Meiji periods down to the present day. We hope that this exhibition will allow you to experience something of this artistic movement that flourished in Osaka over the centuries.

Next Exhibition: Tuesday, October 28 Sunday, November 30, 2014 The 60th Newly Designated Important Swords and Fittings Exhibition

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.

* 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.