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

The 69th Sword Mounting and Polishing Awards Exhibition
November 29 (Tue) - December 18 (Sun), 2016


In order to preserve and nurture the traditional skills required for Japanese sword polishing, and the manufacture of sword mountings, the Japanese Sword Museum holds a competition for modern craftsmen. The competition is divided into five categories: polishing, scabbard making, mounting making, handle wrapping, and habaki making. The prize-winning works are displayed along with the works of current master craftsmen.
Japanese swords are polished using techniques that reveal the intrinsic beauty of patterns of the folded steel and the hardened edge, as well as perfecting the bladefs graceful shape. Sword mounting involves several different traditional Japanese crafts (woodworking, lacquering, the use of textiles, soft metal-working). Modern craftsmen play an important role in the preservation of those crafts whilst blending the practical with the artistic. They are also responsible for transmission of these skills to future generations.
This exhibition of award-winning contemporary sword mountings and sword polishing skills has been made possible by the continued succession of these fine crafts. It is our hope that visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and the Japanese aesthetic.

The Japanese Sword Museum

Next Exhibition:
Next Exhibition: January 5 (Thu) | March 31 (Fri), 2017 @@
Masterpieces of Museumfs Collection|Final Exhibition in Yoyogi

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.