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.

Virtual Touken Museum Nagoya TOUKEN WORLD

The Nagoya Japanese Sword Museum
"Nagoya Touken World"

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.”

Facilities

Opening in June 2020!

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Concept

A place where anyone can enjoy Japanese culture

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.

Concept

The real
"A sword art museum, representative of Japan"

Preserving Japanese culture,
connecting with the future

1. A dialog with Japanese swords and armor, representatives of Japanese culture
  • Several exhibits of noted swords and aesthetically important suits of Japanese armor
2. The pleasure of a massive cultural experience and new discoveries
  • The number of Japanese swords exhibited in the museum is one of the greatest in Japan

The virtual
"The website Touken World"

Displays of a variety of Japanese swords and armor

1. Lots of reading material
  • Attractions, bits of knowledge, and an encyclopedia on Japanese swords and armor
  • Introductions to historical figures connected with Japanese swords
2. Various media on Japanese culture
  • Blogs on Japanese swords
  • Videos and animations
  • Collections of photographs

The digital
"A space for experiencing Japanese culture"

An enjoyable experience of cutting-edge media, which anyone can enjoy

1. Cutting-edge image and sound media
  • Interactive productions for museum visitors
  • Network productions
2. Live performances
  • Actual and choreographed demonstrations
  • Event performances
  • Original characters
3. Various experiences
  • Sensual experiences(holding and touching)
  • Trying out(wearing Japanese armor, acting out)
  • Creative experiences(armor design)

Directions to the Nagoya Japanese Sword Museum "Nagoya Touken World"

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Location

Sakae 3-35-42, Naka-ku, Nagoya,
Aichi Prefecture 460-0008, Japan

Directions

By subway
Meijo Line, get off at Yabacho Station, walk 10 minutes
Tsurumai Line, get off at Osu Kannon Station, walk 9 minutes
Higashiyama Line, get off at Fushimi Station, walk 12 minutes
By bus
Bus 17 from Nagoya Station, get off at Wakamiya Bus Stop, walk 1 minute
City Center Loop Bus, get off at Nagoya City Art Museum East Bus Stop, walk 2 minutes
Honjigahara Bus, get off at Yabacho Bus Stop, walk for 3 minutes
By expressway
Nagoya Expressway No. 2, Higashiyama Route, get off at the Shirakawa Interchange, drive 740 m
Nagoya Expressway Ring Route, get off at the Higashishincho Interchange, drive 1.3 km
Nagoya Expressway Ring Route, get off at Nagoya Station and Nishikibashi Interchange, drive 1.3 km

An introduction to some exhibited items

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.

Japanese swords


Numerous Japanese swords are exhibited, including tachi and uchigatana long swords of every age.

Yari(spears)


This section introduces ho blades that are attached to the tip of a spear.

Naginata(pole swords)


This section introduces blades that form part of naginata pole sword.

Koshirae
(sword mountings)


This section introduces koshirae(sword mountings)are used to hold the blade of a Japanese sword when it is being worn or stored.

  • Kamakura period

    Koshirae for uchigatana long sword, with a scabbard decorated with lacquer-finished mother-of-pearl work in cloud pattern
    Koshirae for uchigatana long sword, with a scabbard decorated with lacquer-finished mother-of-pearl work in cloud pattern
  • Muromachi period

    Koshirae for uchigatana long sword, with a black-lacquer-finished scabbard
    Koshirae for uchigatana long sword, with a black-lacquer-finished scabbard

Japanese armor


This section introduces suits of Japanese armor complete with a kabuto helmet and yoroi armor.

Hinawajuu
(matchlock gun)


This section introduces matchlocks that were used in battle fields after the Warring States Period.

Jingasa(hats)


This section introduces Jingasa(hats)that were worn by samurais when traveling or encamped instead of a helmet

Abumi(stirrups)


This section introduces abumi(stirrups)that were used to hold the foot of a rider

Ukiyo-e(pictures)


This section introduces ukiyo-e(pictures)that drew famous historical battles or worriers connected with Japanese swords.

  • The Great Battle of Kawanakajima between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin The Great Battle of Kawanakajima between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin
    The Great Battle of Kawanakajima between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin
  • The Picture of the Great Battle of Honnoji in the Taiheiki(Chronicle of Great Peace) The Picture of the Great Battle of Honnoji in the Taiheiki(Chronicle of Great Peace)
    The Picture of the Great Battle of Honnoji in the Taiheiki(Chronicle of Great Peace)
  • The Great Battle of Komakiyama in the Taiheiki(Chronicle of Great Peace) The Great Battle of Komakiyama in the Taiheiki(Chronicle of Great Peace)
    The Great Battle of Komakiyama in the Taiheiki(Chronicle of Great Peace)
  • Picture drawing the Kagoshima rebels leaving camp for battle Picture drawing the Kagoshima rebels leaving camp for battle
    Picture drawing the Kagoshima rebels leaving camp for battle

Works of pictorial art and calligraphy


This section introduces works of pictorial art and calligraphy written by famous samurai worriers.

  • A letter by Uesugi Kenshin A letter by Uesugi Kenshin
    A letter by Uesugi Kenshin
  • A letter by Oda Nobunaga A letter by Oda Nobunaga
    A letter by Oda Nobunaga
  • A license for foreign trade written by Takeda Shingen A license for foreign trade written by Takeda Shingen
    A license for foreign trade written by Takeda Shingen
  • A license for foreign trade written by Tokugawa Ieyasu A license for foreign trade written by Tokugawa Ieyasu
    A license for foreign trade written by Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • A license for foreign trade written by Toyotomi Hideyoshi A license for foreign trade written by Toyotomi Hideyoshi
    A license for foreign trade written by Toyotomi Hideyoshi

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.

Basic Information about Japanese Swords

We begin with the basics about Japanese swords.

Learn the Basics

  • What is a Japanese sword?
    What is a Japanese sword?
  • Basic Description
    Basic Description
  • Japanese Swords and Traditional Arts
    Japanese Swords and Traditional Arts
  • Appreciation and Ownership of Japanese Swords
    Appreciation and Ownership of Japanese Swords
  • 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.

  • Famous Modern Swordsmiths

    Famous Modern Swordsmiths

    Introducing some of the most famous modern Japanese swordsmiths.

  • Chronology of Japanese Swords

    Chronology of Japanese Swords

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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History of the Samurai Wars

Learn about the lives of military leaders from the Sengoku (Warring States) Period, their favorite swords and armor, and unusual stories about historical greats. There are also interesting descriptions of key battles and the deep trends of Japanese history.
  • Chronology of Samurai wars

    Chronology of Samurai wars

    Major battles from the period of Japanese samurai wars, when Japanese swords were in very active use.

  • Ancient Battlefields

    Ancient Battlefields

    Ancient Battlefields in Japan, by Region

  • Battle Strategies of Sengoku Warlords

    Battle Strategies of Sengoku Warlords

    Strategies used by samurai warlords to prevail in the era of samurai wars.

  • Japanese Swords of Military Leaders and Historical Figures

    Japanese Swords of Military Leaders and Historical Figures

    Learn about Japanese swords owned by military leaders and historical figures.

  • Sengoku Warlords

    Sengoku Warlords

    Learn about famous warlords who changed Japanese history.

  • Search warlord family crests.

    Search warlord family crests.

    The crests that identified Sengoku warlords, prominent ruling families, and famous persons.

  • Top 100 Feudal Domains of the Edo Period

    Top 100 Feudal Domains of the Edo Period

    Various stories about the periods and ruling families of the Edo Period (1600 to 1868).

  • Unusual Stories from Japanese History

    Unusual Stories from Japanese History

    Little-known stories, mainly from the Sengoku Period

  • The 248 Eras of Japanese History (how to determine era names)

    The 248 Eras of Japanese History (how to determine era names)

    A list of historical eras from Taika (645–650) to Reiwa (2019–)

  • Samurai Customs Alive Today

    Samurai Customs Alive Today

    Learn about customs of the samurai that remain in the life of modern Japan.

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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

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

Katsushika Hokusai Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai

Stories about the life and works of Hokusai, the genius of ukiyo-e (pictures).

Japanese swords calendar Japanese swords calendar

Japanese swords calendar

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

Touken World wallpaper Touken World wallpaper

Touken World wallpaper

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

Collection of Weapons and Works of Art

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.

女乗物イラスト

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

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

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.

Touken World’s theme music "A Several-Thousand-Year-Old Tree,"

Touken World’s theme music “A Several-Thousand-Year-Old Tree,” by Masatoshi Nakamura

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.

Play a CD version
Play a Touken World website version

Famous Warlords and Other Historical Persons, original Touken characters and history-themed mascot characters

Game Apps

These easy-to-learn games with Japanese sword themes are loads of fun! Download each of the apps at no cost. Great for anyone with in interest in Japanese swords or Japanese history.
“BUJIN” Touken World

"BUJIN" 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.

Japanese Sword Crossword Puzzles

Japanese Sword Crossword Puzzles

The clues are about Japanese swords, castles, Sengoku Period warriors, and people and events from Japanese history. Solve more puzzles to build up your Japanese sword collection.

Japanese Sword Quiz

Japanese Sword Quiz

A full-fledged quiz app. Test your knowledge of Japanese swords!

  • Sword fighting

    Go after your opponent with blow after blow! Full swordplay is at your fingertips.

  • Edo Obstacle Race

    Make bridges across four roads without bumping into the tubs, and get your samurai to the goal!

  • Ninja Chaser

    Get around the various obstacles appearing in your path, and defeat the escaping ninja with your sword!

  • Sword Showdown

    Speed is crucial in this life-or-death game. Are you fast enough to cut down your opponent?

  • Defending Rifles

    Become a team of riflemen with old matchlock rifles, defending the castle from attacking samurai and ninja warriors.

  • Run, Samurai!

    Three players compete to hustle their samurai across a palace with many obstacles, and reach the goal first.

  • Bow Hunter

    Repel the invading warriors and secure the castle!

  • Crash Course – Cut Down the Vegetables!

    Practice swiping away vegetables tossed by the sword instructor.

  • Sengoku Tile Puzzle

    Move the tiles around in order to defend the castle. It’s simple!

  • Sengoku Showdown

    Fingers fly to cut down the invaders coming from all directions.

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Anime and Laser Sky Show

An anime movie with exciting graphic effects projected into the night sky.

Patented
Watch the characters you’ve come to know at Touken World spring to life as an anime movie in the sky, every evening at The Hotel Tado Onsenat the Token Tado Country Club).
The night sky above a six-hectare golf course becomes the stage for a spectacular sound and light show, a tapestry of water and flame generated by unique, patented technology – the only such system in the world.
  • Touken World Introduction
    play

    Touken World Introduction

  • Japanese sword(Muramasa)
    play

    Japanese sword(Muramasa)

  • The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
    play

    The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

  • Gate of the Celestial Rock Cave
    play

    Gate of the Celestial Rock Cave

  • Urashima Taro

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Hotel TADO ONSEN

Hotel TADO ONSEN

Stay overnight for the anime and laser sky show, and enjoy the natural hot spring waters of the Yoro Mountains.

TOKEN TADO country club NAGOYA

TOKEN TADO country club NAGOYA

Golf course approved by the Japan Golf Tour Organization and Professional Golfers Association of Japan. Located in Tadocho, Kuwana, Mie Prefecture.

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)

Hotel-style Apartments in Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

SAKAE TOWER HILLS SAKAE TOWER HILLS

SAKAE TOWER HILLS

Live in luxury and elegance in Sakae 3-chome, Nagoya’s most desirable residential district. Sakae Tower Hills, a hotel-style luxurious apartment, has been born.

The Nagoya Japanese Sword Museum "Nagoya Touken World"

Token Blog: The Making of Nagoya Touken World

Token Blog: The Making of Nagoya Touken World

The story of the construction of Nagoya Touken World

Nagoya Touken World during Construction

Nagoya Touken World during Construction

Photos show the progress of the building of Nagoya Touken World.

More themes to be added

Samurai Episodes of Special Interest to Women

Samurai Episodes of Special Interest to Women

A series of fascinating historical episodes about Sengoku Period warriors.

Cosplay feature

Cosplay feature

Information on Japanese armor and weaponry, and kimono and contemporary cosplay clothing.

Favorite Japanese swords of female swordfighters

Favorite Japanese swords of female swordfighters

Japanese swords popular among modern women. Learn about famous Japanese swords.

To Order Sword Replicas and Merchandise

To Order Sword Replicas and Merchandise

Our shop offering historically authentic sword replicas and other sword merchandise will be online soon.

Samurai Episodes of Special Interest to Women

Samurai Episodes of Special Interest to Women

A series of fascinating historical episodes about Sengoku Period warriors.

Cosplay feature

Cosplay feature

Information on Japanese armor and weaponry, and kimono and contemporary cosplay clothing.

Favorite Japanese swords of female swordfighters

Favorite Japanese swords of female swordfighters

Japanese swords popular among modern women. Learn about famous Japanese swords.

Castles with Japanese Sword and Armor Exhibits

Castles with Japanese Sword and Armor Exhibits

A list of many castle sites where Japanese swords and armor are on display.

To Order Sword Replicas and Merchandise

To Order Sword Replicas and Merchandise

Our shop offering historically authentic sword replicas and other sword merchandise will be online soon.

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キャラクター

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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