|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 Japanfs 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
|Hours||10:00-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)|
|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).
|Address||4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Tokyo , Japan 151-0053|