First founded during the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912), Japan Sword Co. has amassed a vast number of collections of Samurai Art over the course of its history. Today, the gallery has grown to become one of the most renowned sword shops around the globe for not only selling replicas of traditional Japanese swords and helmets, but also for their repair services.

In celebration of the second year of Reiwa, Japan Sword has selected plum design works from the 17th to 19th centuries to pay homage to the era’s name, which originated from the plum blossoms mentioned in “Manyoshu,” the oldest existing Japanese poetry anthology. Additionally, tsuba (sword guards), as well as sword stands and other historical items are being exhibited and on sale. Highlights include “Plum With Quiver Design Tsuba” by the Owari School from the 1600s and “Battle of Kagesue Design Tsuba” by the Tetsugendo School from the 1740s.

The exhibition is showing at the Japan Sword gallery in Toranomon until the end of January. Visit www.japansword.co.jp for more information.

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