Swords –Ancient Force and Prayer–

Special exhibition
Swords – Ancient Force and Prayer –

October 15 (Sat.) to December 4 (Sun.), 2022.
*Closed on Tuesdays.

Overview of the exhibition

The Osaka Museum of History will hold a special featured exhibition titled “Swords – Ancient Force and Prayer –” in the Special Exhibition Hall on the 6th floor from October 15 (Sat.) to December 4 (Sun.), 2022.

Swords were imported from the Korean Peninsula to the Japanese Archipelago in the Yayoi Period. They were sacred because of their force and splendor; they were not only used as weapons in battle but also symbolized authority and status. Thanks to recent breakthroughs in research on swords, many things are becoming clear, including the way that swords and accessories were made, as well as the influences of Mainland China and the Korean Peninsula.

This exhibition will focus on swords from various regions of the Japanese Archipelago, and feature the Japanese Kofun Culture, the interaction between the Yamato Kingship and the local feudal clans, and the role of swords in Kofun Society. In addition, the exhibition has a section on tourism, introducing the various features of the regions where the swords have been found.

We hope you will enjoy viewing the diverse features of swords in line with the ages and the regions, and will gain a sense of traveling around Japan while in Osaka.

Swords – Ancient Force and Prayer –
Organizer Osaka Museum of History, Kodai Rekishibunka Conference (Conference on Ancient History and Culture)
Exhibition period October 15 (Sat.) to December 4 (Sun.), 2022(Closed on Tuesdays)

*Closed on Tuesdays.

Hours 09:30-17:00
*Please enter 30 minutes prior to closing
Venue Special Exhibition Hall, 6th floor of Osaka Museum of History access
Admission fee

Included with the permanent exhibition admission fee.

Adults 600(540) yen
High school /
university students
400(360) yen
Elementary and junior high school Free

*Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more.

*Admission is free for junior high school-aged and younger children (a document certifying citizenship and age should be presented); and individuals with a disability certificate (plus one accompanying person).

Number of exhibits Approx. 270
Structure Introduction: Origin of sword culture in Japan
Chapter 1: Beginning of swords to the appearance of keyhole-shaped tombs
Chapter 2: Swords revealing the age of the large tombs
Chapter 3: Kingship and regional rule from the perspective of swords
Chapter 4: Production of swords
Chapter 5: Prayers in swords
Final Chapter: Swords of later periods
Supplementary Chapter: Visiting the birthplaces of swords (regional introduction to tourism)