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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Evangelion and Japanese Swords’

Osaka Museum of History

by Alisa Yamasaki

Staff Writer

There have been many collaborations with the popular Japanese science-fiction manga and animated series “Evangelion,” which have resulted in a range of licensed products — from eye drops to pachinko machines. For this touring exhibition, the series collaborates with the traditional craft of Japanese swordsmithing.

The Japanese sword has always been considered more than just a weapon. Created by skilled craftsmen, they are seen as works of art — and forging blades is still an evolving artistry. For this unique modern take on the traditional Japanese sword, 30 “Evangelion”-inspired blades have specially been created by today’s artisans; July 3-Sept 16.

Osaka Museum of History; 06-6946-5728; 4-1-32 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka; Tanimachi 4-chome Station, Tanimachi Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥800. Closed Tue. www.mus-his.city.osaka.jp