Samurai Sword Museum
Repose and Motion
Visitor's minds will be expanded, their hearts made pure, and their
personality will improve through experiencing the sword collection.
One display are memorial swords ( including
one that is especially long and thick ) made
by Yanagita sensei which were exhibited at
the Tochigi and Ibaraki Hakurankai ( Prefectural
exp. ). Other antique samurei items such
as armor, tsuba ( a sword guard ), a kago
( palanquin ), hinawajyu ( antique guns ),
and a meteor complete the exhibit.
During festival days like the Fuigo Matsuri
( Bellows festival a traditional sword festival
), and New Year's, there will be iai ( sword
drawing ), tameshigiri ( sword testing ),
and demonstrations of swordmaking.
On the MooKa train ( which runs from Shimodate
to Motegi ) , the museum can be reached from
Kugeta station. From the station, turn left
on Route 294 ( the first street you come
to as you leave the station ). At the second
light, turn left. You will cross a bridge
about a kilo later and can see the museum
on the right side of the street. If you get
lost, you can ask at any of the many businesses
in the area or at the train station.