ACA18 TOKYO Excursion – The Japanese Sword Museum Tour


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Let’s explore The Japanese Sword Museum

The Japanese Sword Museum (Token hakubutsukan) is a small museum dedicated to the art of Japanese swordmaking.

This museum was re-open in January 2018 with new building designed by Maki and associates.

On the tour, a design team of the Japanese Sword Museum, will give you a guidance about this architecture.


DATE & TOUR TIME  September 14th , 2018        2:00PM-5:00PM (3.0 hour)
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Ochanomizu (Meiji Univ.) / Ochanomizu (Meiji Univ.)
MEETING TIME AND PLACE Please arrive by 1:45 PM to academy common, Meiji University.
for a prompt departure at 2:00 PM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 5:00 PM.
PRICE (per 1 person) 3,000 JPY
English guide Transportation
 Entrance fee (1,000JPY)
Food and drink
 any other expense

About The Japanese Sword Museum

The Japanese Sword Museum, exhibiting some of the best swords in Japan over the last fifty years, has recently moved to a new site due to the physical deterioration of its previous home. The Museum is a showcase that highlights the development of Japanese swords from weapons to their current status as art objects – the only existing example of this transformation in the world.

The Sword Museum’s new site is adjacent to the Kyu-Yasuda Garden which was part of a Daimyo (upper class Samurai) estate from the 18th century. Though it has undergone many changes since then, the garden retains much of its original character. The Museum’s form – a cylindrical volume extending towards the pond with two wings – follows the site lines of the Ryogoku Public Hall previously on this site, adding a vaulted roof that houses the main exhibition gallery on the third level.

A new terrace just outside the exhibition gallery affords panoramic views of the garden below, while the ground floor serves as a highly public neighborhood amenity, including a café, lecture hall, museum shop and information corner. The second floor is devoted to administrative functions, storage and workshops.

The museum displays not only the arts and crafts aspects of Japanese swords, but also disseminates a comprehensive picture of Japanese samurai culture in conjunction with the adjacent Garden.

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