The virtual Japanese sword museum Touken World gives a variety of information related to artistically important Japanese swords and armor. Like a textbook, it presents comprehensive information on Japanese swords and armor. Its contents are intended not only to be read; it also has images, illustrations, and videos intended for viewing. We believe everyone will find it easy to learn from this site.
The site covers a great deal of material including basic information about Japanese swords and armor, the history and knowledge about Japanese swords, battles and important historical figures connected with Japanese swords, and information about master swordsmiths who created swords of note. We have also included lots of fun stuff related to Japanese swords, such as applet games, senryu satirical verse, and four-character idiomatic phrases.
We especially recommend the search function for finding information about extant Japanese swords and armor. This function allows you not only to find data on various swords, but also to learn about the history of individual swords - how they were made, and how they have been handed down. In addition, by watching the images and videos on this site, you can appreciate various artifacts as if you were in an actual museum.
Also, we offer the Japan-wide information on museums exhibiting Japanese swords, and Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples where have been dedicated Japanese swords. Information of swords exhibition is must-see.
Thus in this virtual world you can enjoy a variety of information on Japanese swords and armor from every angle.
The Nagoya Japanese Sword Museum "Nagoya Touken World", scheduled to open in Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, in June 2020, will be the largest Japanese sword museum in Japan. It will have up to 200 Japanese swords on permanent display, including Important Cultural Properties and Important Art Objects. It will also exhibit around 50 suits of Japanese armor. In addition to this large-scale exhibit, it is also preparing spaces for experiencing cutting-edge composite experiential media. The museum aims to become a new place in Nagoya where “Anyone can enjoy Japanese culture.”
Opening in June 2020!
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The Nagoya Japanese Sword Museum "Nagoya Touken World" combines three types of exhibits: （1） the real （an exhibit of actual items of interest）, （2） the virtual （a presentation of the Touken World website）, and （3） the digital（media experiences）. In addition to exhibiting such items of high artistic value as Japanese swords, Japanese armor, yari（spears）, naginata（pole swords）, and hinawajuu（matchlock guns）, the museum has also allotted space for cutting-edge composite experiential media. It also promotes the idea of creating places where anyone can enjoy Japanese culture—spaces that incorporate elements of interactions and entertainments.
Preserving Japanese culture,
connecting with the future
Displays of a variety of Japanese swords and armor
An enjoyable experience of cutting-edge media, which anyone can enjoy
Sakae 3-35-42, Naka-ku, Nagoya,
Aichi Prefecture 460-0008, Japan
Here we introduce some of the Japanese swords, suits of Japanese armor, and hinawajuu（matchlock guns）which are going to be exhibited at the Nagoya Japanese Sword Museum "Nagoya Touken World".
Exhibited items vary by dates.
Numerous Japanese swords are exhibited, including tachi and uchigatana long swords of every age.
This section introduces ho blades that are attached to the tip of a spear.
This section introduces blades that form part of naginata pole sword.
Muromachi period （1336–1573）
This section introduces koshirae（sword mountings）are used to hold the blade of a Japanese sword when it is being worn or stored.
This section introduces suits of Japanese armor complete with a kabuto helmet and yoroi armor.
This section introduces matchlocks that were used in battle fields after the Warring States Period.
This section introduces Jingasa（hats）that were worn by samurais when traveling or encamped instead of a helmet
This section introduces abumi（stirrups）that were used to hold the foot of a rider
This section introduces ukiyo-e（pictures）that drew famous historical battles or worriers connected with Japanese swords.
This section introduces works of pictorial art and calligraphy written by famous samurai worriers.
Please enjoy the photos and videos of outstanding Japanese swords in the collection of the Touken World Foundation （Token Corporation）.
View photos of rare sword mountings （koshirae）, including Important Mountings, Special Preservation Mountings and other certified mountings.
Enjoy the fascinating features of Japanese armor.
An illustrated glossary of Japanese sword terms
An illustrated selection of Japanese proverbs about Japanese swords
An illustrated selection of Japanese idiomatic phrases about swords
A glossary with illustrations, explaining Japanese armor terminology
For further enjoyment of Japanese sword lore, a collection of comic haiku poems （senryu） that touch on swords.
On view here are photos and explanations of various fascinating objects owned by the Touken World Foundation （Token Corporation）. They range from hinawajuu （matchlock guns）, cannons, and bows and arrows, to horse gear, jingasa （hat）, sword mountings, and war flags and streamers, along with paintings, calligraphy, ukiyo-e （pictures）, and other works of art.
Information about Japanese sword museums and Japanese swords kept at shrines and temples in Japan, providing a taste of the excitement of actually going to view the Japanese swords.
The theme song of this website is "Sennen no Ki" （A Several-Thousand-Year-Old Tree）, performed by the actor and singer Nakamura Masatoshi who is an ambassador for Token Corporation. This song represents the worldview of Touken World.
An educational game about young people who visit Nagoya Touken World at the Nagoya Sword Museum and team up with the divine sword Chitosemaru to eliminate the Beings of Darkness.
This is the website of the virtual Japanese sword museum Touken World, where we present many engaging aspects about Japanese swords. The Touken World website has lots of information on Japanese swords, including a search function for pictures of swords, basic knowledge, etc. We present Japanese swords not only as historical weapons, but also as objects of beauty and fascination. In the pages of this website, there are the original Touken characters of the six ages, from the Heian period (795-1192) to the Edo period (1603-1867), when production was most prevalent. Seeing Touken characters of these different periods, one can perhaps sense the cultural background of the respective ages. Japanese swords are an integral part of Japanese culture-a culture to be proud of among the cultures of the world. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with Japanese swords at Touken World.View More▼