Current Exhibition

Design Found in Japanese Swords
-features of their form and decoration-
3rd Dec, 2019 - 27th March, 2020

Necessity is the mother of invention. The shape of each tool has a purpose, and during the struggle to improve its functionality, the beauty and simplicity of the design also evolve. The relationship between these three factors (beauty, simplicity, and functionality) is an inherent “rule” or “fact” of traditional Japanese manufacturing, including swords, which has remained unchanged through the ages. In this context, the design of Japanese swords is considered the pinnacle of functional beauty in weaponry.

It is worth noting that both the perfection of their design and their intended use as a weapon work to form a certain harmony and balance with each other. Both of these factors are equally deserving of appreciation. The tension of these apparently conflicting ideals of design and weaponry coexisting together is part of the rare and beautiful nature of the art of the Japanese sword.

In this exhibition, we’d like you to pay special attention to the fact that those specific elements of the design serve to make the elegance of Japanese swords more appealing, rather than to conflict with each other.

[Hours of Operation]
10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (admission until 5:30 p.m.)

[Admission Fee]
under15admission free
Groups (20 people or more)¥800