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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"

map
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  • Street view
  • Aerial photograph
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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

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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