Japanese Swords Dedicated to the Deities

This special exhibition at Kokugakuin University Museum in Shibuya presents the sacred secrets of swords. Throughout history swords have been used in the worship of deities, to express their powers and as important offerings. This exhibition traces the relationships and connections between gods, shrines and swords from ancient rituals like the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) and Nihon shoki (Chronicles of Japan), through to medieval history and samurai legends. Discover fascinating true tales, intriguing myths and marvel at the stunning array of blades on display. The museum also houses permanent collections of archaeology, Shinto, and traditional Japanese cultural artifacts for visitors to peruse.

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Jan 22 2019 - Mar 16 2019


Closed February 2–3
10:00 - 18:00



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Kokugakuin University Museum
4-10-28 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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