|The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords
(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai)
The Japanese Sword Museum
Museum closed: Monday December 16.2013−Sunday January 6.2014
The 66th Sword Mounting and Polishing Awards Exhibition
(Tuesday December 3 – Sunday December 15.2013)
Sword Mounting and Polishing Awards Exhibition
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’s 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.
Next Exhibition: Tuesday January 7 − The beginning of May .2014 The Form of pray ~Sculptures on blade and sword fittings
|Hours||10:00-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)|
|Closed||Mondays (excluding National Holidays)
The latter part of December and the beginning of January.
|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|