On This Day in History:
The Creation Date of Japanese Swords
Wed., April.01.2020 ～ Wed., May.20
1. Tachi Sword Signed “Bizen no Kuni Sakon no Shogen Nagamitsu (Zo) Einin Go Nen San Gappi (Omote)” (“(Made by) Nagamitsu, Sakon no Shogen (Third-Rank Officer at Sakon-e-Fu) of Bizen Province, March 1297 (Front)”) • 2. Itomaki Tachi Koshirae (String-Wrapped Fittings and Mountings for Tachi Sword) Featuring Gold Nashiji (Pear-Skin Lacquered) Saya Scabbard with Wood Sorrel Crests in Maki-e (Attached to the Sword Osafune Morishige) • 3. Large and Small Tsuba Handguards with Design Depicting Japanese Invasions of Korea, Signed “Mogarashi Nyudo Soten Sei Goshu Hikone Ju” (“Made by Mogarashi Nyudo Soten Living in Hikone, Goshu Province”) (Part) • 4. Tantou Sword Signed “Fujiwara Sanekage Joji Roku Nen Ni Gappi” (“Fujiwara Sanekage, February 1367”) (Part)
Japanese swords have roughly a thousand years of history, dating back to the mid Heian period (10th and 11th c.) and continuing to today. Over the past millennium, countless swordmakers throughout Japan have worked to create these swords, and while some of these swords were owned by famous figures, known even centuries later, many more have been forgotten - nameless swords that were nonetheless an important part of life for people whose names have likewise been lost to time.
This exhibition focuses on swords from the museum collection that have inscriptions clearly indicating when they were made, presented alongside background information about events and culture from when each sword was produced. We hope that visitors appreciate the many years of history possessed by each of these swords, and that this might serve as an opportunity to consider the cultural and historical contexts that these swords came from.
*¥600 per person for groups of 20 or more.
(Visitors are also welcome to view the permanent exhibition, Selections from the Museum Collection: The Beauty of Celebrated Swords, running concurrently.)
Toyama City Collection Exhibition
Fri., July.30.2021 ～ Mon., August.09
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Sword-Sharpening Demonstration by Expert Polisher Ichiro Yokai
Sun., November.25.2018 ～ Sun., December.09
【 Lobby outside the 2F Exhibition Room, Shusui Museum of Art】
Ichiro Yokai is an expert polisher based in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, and an award winner in the Sharpening Division of the Contemporary Swords and Artworks Exhibition. In celebration of this achievement, the museum has invited him to give a demonstration of sharpening a Japanese sword. Overview: (1) Sun., Nov. 25, 2018: Shitaji-Togi I The initial steps of shitaji-togi (foundation polishing): a polishing stone known as a kongoto is used to remove any rust and to neaten the shape of the sword. (2) Sun., Dec. 9, 2018: Shitaji-Togi II The final steps of shitaji-togi: a polishing stone known as an uchigumori is used to remove tiny bits of scrap material caught in the rough surface of the stone used in the initial steps. The raised wooden platform used by the polisher for sword-sharpening work is called a togibune. The polisher fills the bucket with water, and sits on a low wooden bench, leaning forward while polishing the sword. The entire process of sharpening and polishing a Japanese sword to a beautiful shine, from shitaji-togi through final finish polishing, involves a number of different polishing stones.
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Special Workshop by Hirofumi Adachi “I’m Picasso! And I Am Too!”
【Soka Seminar Room, 1F Mori Shusui Museum of Art】
During this event, participants draw one another’s faces, starting with nothing but a blank canvas and colored markers. Artist Hirofumi Adachi provides commentary. After the participants finish their spontaneous works of art, they are placed on display in the 1F Gallery of the museum.
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