Exhibition: Nihontō – Swords from Japan from the collection of the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum (Manggha Museum)

Date of event:   23/11/2019 − 01/03/2020

Exhibition Title: Nihontō
Duration: 23 November 2019 to 01 March 2020
Venue: Manggha Museum (Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha), Kraków, Poland

The Manggha Museum has decided to celebrate 2019 – the centenary of establishing Polish-Japanese relations and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Museum – with an exhibition of Japanese swords from the collection of the Japanese Sword Museum Bizen Osafune. Swords in the land of Bizen, now the prefecture of Okayama, have been manufactured from very ancient times – from the Heian period (794-1185) – on a large scale and were of exceptional quality. Famous for the quality of its products, this region was included in Gokaden (‘5 traditional regions’), the most important centers of sword production in Japan.

This exhibition – a unique undertaking, organized from the beginning in close cooperation with the Japanese side – gives the audience the opportunity to admire the precious swords brought to Krakow from Japan. The museum wants to emphasize this aspect of the exhibition, which for the first time shows the Japanese sword in Poland from the perspective of country of its manufacture.

For more information on the exhibition and related events, please see the museum website [here].