Genji Family's Treasured Swords Joint DebutAudio Guides by "Touken Ranbu" in Kyoto14 December 2015 - Sightseeing/Events
An exhibition titled "Legendary Blades: Meibutsu and Other Outstanding Japanese Swords," featuring noted swords handed down in shrines and temples of Kyoto, began on December 15 at the Kyoto National Museum in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. "Higekiri" and "Hizamaru," which are treasured swords passed down in the Genji clan for generations, are being jointly shown for the first time.
A total of 18 blades, with a focus on Japanese swords known as "Meibutsu," or famed objects, are being shown during the exhibition period. The swords are recorded in the "Kyoho Meibutsu-cho," or a commentary on noted swords, compiled by Yoshimune Tokugawa for the Honami family in the Edo Period.
The swords "Higekiri," owned by Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, and "Hizamaru," owned by Daikakuji Temple, are both Important Cultural Properties and are said to have had been sharp enough to cut even beards and knees respectively when test cuts by the swords were made on criminals. They are displayed side by side at the center of the exhibition room and shine with the majesty of samurai leaders.
The exhibition features many renowned swords, including the noted sword "Honebami Toshiro," which is owned by Toyokuni Shrine and on exhibit until January 17, and a sword that Nobunaga Oda obtained from Yoshimoto Imagawa in the battle of Okehazama. In addition, a sword made by the Retired Emperor Gotoba, who was a lover of swords, Ryoma Sakamoto's cherished sword, and others are displayed. Visitors can also enjoy tracing the history of swords.
The exhibition has adopted a new approach for its audio guides by using voice actors from the online game "Touken Ranbu," which has created a sword sensation among young people. There is a fee for the guide. The exhibition will continue until February 21 and there is an entrance fee.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)