An introduction to Touken World,
a virtual Japanese sword museum

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.

Sword Spots in Japan

“Sword Spots in Japan” is Touken World’s directory of sword-related facilities throughout Japan, searchable by prefecture. Find places with sword displays, collections, or photo and video resources about swords in each area of the country. Sharpen your knowledge about Japanese swords!
Hokkaido&
Tohoku
Hokkaido&Tohoku Region
KantoKanto Region
KoshinetsuKoshinetsu Region
TokaiTokai Region
HokurikuHokuriku Region
KansaiKansai Region
ChugokuChugoku Region
ShikokuShikoku Region
Kyusyu&
Okinawa
Kyusyu&Okinawa Region

Learning about Japanese Swords

The swords and armor of Japan are of course fighting equipment, yet today they are valued as works of art by a large number of fans and collectors in Japan and around the world. Please use this site for an enjoyable introduction to various aspects of traditional Japanese swords and armor.
Famous swordsmiths of the five major schools of swordsmithing (gokaden)

Famous swordsmiths of the five major schools of swordsmithing (gokaden)

Introducing some of the most famous historical Japanese swordsmiths.

Japanese swords owned by distinguished families and people (Japanese Swords in the Touken World Collection)

Japanese swords owned by distinguished families and people(Japanese Swords in the Touken World Collection)

Stories about famous historical persons and Japanese swords.

Chronology of Japanese Swords

Chronology of Japanese Swords

Basic data about Japanese swords is arranged chronologically in the table.

Famous Modern Swordsmiths

Famous Modern Swordsmiths

Introducing some of the most famous modern Japanese swordsmiths.

Kabuki and Japanese Swords

Kabuki and Japanese Swords

Kabuki theater has a long connection with Japanese swords.

Swords and Armor of Various Countries

Swords and Armor of Various Countries

Introducing swords from various countries.

Japanese Swords Owned by the Imperial Family and Noble Families

Japanese Swords Owned by the Imperial Family and Noble Families

Historical accounts of Japanese swords associated with the Imperial family and noble families

Historical Novels Featuring Japanese Swords

Historical Novels Featuring Japanese Swords

Introducing some authors of historical novels about Japanese swords.

Manga Featuring Japanese Swords in Historical Settings

Manga Featuring Japanese Swords in Historical Settings

Introducing manga about Japanese swords of various eras, by cartoonist and author.

Women and Japanese Swords! Women wielding swords for samurai warlords.

Women and Japanese Swords! Women wielding swords for samurai warlords.

Stories of women who fought with Japanese swords, and places associated with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some frequently asked questions about Japanese swords.

Sword dances and sword-and-poetry dances of various countries

Sword dances and sword-and-poetry dances of various countries

The history of ginken shibu (traditional sword, song and fan dances) and of the sword in Japanese folk dance, and some information on sword dances in other countries.

Seki, center of the Mino School

Seki, center of the Mino School

Seki, in Gifu Prefecture, is one of the world’s leading cutlery (minoden tradition) production areas.

Japanese Martial Arts, Ancient and Modern

Japanese Martial Arts, Ancient and Modern

About the ancient martial arts that embodied the bushido moral code, and modern martial arts.

History-Themed Mascot Characters

History-Themed Mascot Characters

Mascot Characters from Japanese History Connected with Japanese Swords and Castles

Pickup

For further enjoyment of Japanese sword lore, a collection of comic haiku poems (senryu) that touch on swords.

We welcome submissions of senryu poems related to Japanese swords We welcome submissions of senryu poems related to Japanese swords

We welcome submissions of senryu poems related to Japanese swords

Senryu poems about Japanese swords, armor, crests, castles and other Japanese military history.

A Guide to the World of Japanese Sword Appreciation A Guide to the World of Japanese Sword Appreciation

A Guide to the World of Japanese Sword Appreciation

A selection of information and columns from the newsletter (Toukenkai Shinbun) of the Japanese Sword Traders Association (Zentosho).

刀剣マンガ 刀剣ことわざ4コマ漫画 Sword Proverbs in Manga

Sword Proverbs in Manga

Four-frame cartoons of Japanese sword-related proverbs

Touken World wallpaper Touken World wallpaper

Touken World wallpaper

A calendar of historical scenes and wallpaper of beautiful Japanese swords. Download for free.

Japanese swords calendar Japanese swords calendar

Japanese swords calendar

Download your free copy of the Touken World calendar, an original compilation.

Japanese Sword Glossary and Armor Glossary

Look up terms relating to Japanese swords, or browse Japanese proverbs and idiomatic phrases about Japanese swords. With a full glossary for 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

Learning about Japanese Armor

Japanese armor has a varied history of shapes and names through the ages. Here we present examples of various types and their histories, including armor that was used during the wars of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Basic Information about Japanese Armor

Basic Information about Japanese Armor

A guide to Japanese armor, for beginners and others.

View Japanese Armor

Enjoy the fascinating features of Japanese armor.

Learning about Ukiyo-e(pictures)

Facilities related to Japanese Swords

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.

Japanese Swords in Museums

Japanese Swords in Museums

Museums of history or fine art with Japanese sword exhibits.

Japanese Swords at Shrines and Temples

Japanese Swords at Shrines and Temples

Important Japanese sword exhibits at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples where the swords were accepted as offerings.

Associations for Japanese Sword and Armor Appreciation

Associations for Japanese Sword and Armor Appreciation

Organizations supporting the appreciation of Japanese swords and armor.

Japanese Sword Events and Exhibitions in Japan

Japanese Sword Events and Exhibitions in Japan

A calendar of Japanese sword exhibitions and public events.

Prefectural Boards of Education

Prefectural Boards of Education

The purchase, transfer, or inheritance of a sword in Japan must be registered with the local prefectural Board of Education. The boards are listed here.

Permanent Japanese Sword Exhibits

Permanent Japanese Sword Exhibits

Institutions with permanent exhibits of Japanese swords

Police Office (Publinet)

Police Office (Publinet)

If a found or inherited weapon is without a registration certificate, it must be reported to the police.

Japanese Sword Dealers in Japan

Japanese Sword Dealers in Japan

A list of dealers of Japanese swords.

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Japanese swords collection

Japanese swords collection NAGOYA MARUNOUCHI(TOKEN head office)

Japanese swords collection NAGOYA MARUNOUCHI(TOKEN head office)

Details of Japanese swords collection NAGOYA MARUNOUCHI(TOKEN head office)

Japanese swords collection KUWANA TADO (Hotel TADO ONSEN)

Japanese swords collection KUWANA TADO (Hotel TADO ONSEN)

Details of Japanese swords collection KUWANA TADO (Hotel TADO ONSEN)

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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.

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