Special exhibition of Japanese swords is held in Kyoto National Museum until 25 November.
This exhibition is one of the best exhibitions of Japanese swords ever held in terms of number and quality of swords. There are 19 national treasures and other very famous historical swords.
Kyoto National Museum is near Shichijyo station.
At this exhibition, you can see various kinds of Japanese swords including Ken, Tachi, Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto etc. All of them are very famous and high quality swords that were made by talented historical blacksmiths in Kyoto. Kyoto has been called as ‘Yamashiro no Kuni’ for a long time, so those swords are generally called Yamashiro Kei (Yamashiro Style).
It is not allowed to take photos of swords at this exhibition.
Every swords at this exhibition are very beautiful to see. However, they also have their own histories or legendary stories. If you know those stories, it has to be much fun to observe the swords.
Japanese swords are now quite popular for Japanese, especially for young women because of the game called “Touken Ranbu”.
Touken Ranbu is an online game that you make your own team of deities of Japanese swords and fight using swords. These characters are deities of famous Japanese swords. For example, Mikazuki Munechika is one of the most beautiful swords in Japanese history, and a lot of historical people owned and cherished it from 12th Century, Heian period. Therefore, the deity is described as wise, strong and beautiful. You can see this sword at this exhibition.
When you watch Japanese sword, please enjoy the color and texture of its surface. Also, you can enjoy to see a pattern on the blade. Every swords are slightly different in many ways including their patterns on the blade; straight or wavy etc.
You can buy Japanese sweets which imitate hand guard of Japanese sword at Japanese sweets shop near Kyoto National Museum! (On the right of the photo, you can see Japanese sweets which imitate characters of Touken Ranbu. These are not for sale.)