Samurai Museum

The Samurai Museum in Kabukicho, Shinjuku is a fairly recent museum that has quickly become very popular with foreign visitors (despite the relatively high entrance fee).

As well as exhibits of samurai swords, armor and other weapons including guns, visitors can try on samurai armor and try their hands at samurai cosplay.

The Samurai Museum is on two floors. Visitors are given a tour of the exhibits by enthusiastic English-speaking guides who at first demonstrates a number of samurai sword moves and lets out a blood-curdling scream for good measure.

The detailed explanation includes information on the weapons on display and what was happening in Japanese history at the time of the rise of the samurai including the Mongol invasion of Kyushu in the 13th century. Visitors learn that samurai warriors used disposable blades as after a few strikes the blade was no longer sharp.

Samurai is not a soldier, it is supported by the spirit who respects the honor of “the name is regret”, and the aesthetics of Samurai Spirit is also appearing in Japanese swords and armor worn by Samurai. I would be pleased if you could feel something with Samurai Spirit that pulsates even with modern Japanese. About 700 years of the era of Samurai (Kamakura – Edo era), Japan ceased some crisis by foreign countries.

The Museum will introduce some of Samurai and Samurai Spirit who have survived such national difficulties to Japanese travelers and travelers from overseas by Japanese swords, armor and panel exhibits. I am aiming to get something to be felt with Samurai Spirit pulsating also in contemporary Japanese.


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