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.
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.
For further enjoyment of Japanese sword lore, a collection of comic haiku poems （senryu） that touch on swords.
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
A guide to Japanese armor, for beginners and others.
Enjoy the fascinating features of Japanese armor.
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.
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▼