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Experience Japanese Culture:
Samurai Mania!
Explore Japanese Armor at TNM



Get into the Samurai Spirit this Summer at TNM!

Do you know how samurai armor was made and used?

The hands-on exhibit lets you find out by touching modern reproductions of armor components and trying on a helmet.

Replicas of folding screens depicting many armored samurai can also help you imagine how armor was worn.

On certain days, you can even try on body armor.




Try on Armor

How did samurai put on armor? Is it heavy? Is it hard to move in?
The best way to answer these questions is to try it on for yourself!
Staff members will help participants try on armor over their clothes.

DATES Fri. & Sat. only, July 19–Aug. 31; also open on Sun., Aug. 4
*Limited to children under 18 on Sun., August 4
TIME 11:00–16:30 (Registration: 10:50–16:00)
CAPACITY 22 participants per day (Limited to approx. 10 min.)
FEE 1,000 yen (Regular Admission fees and conditions apply.)
*Registration is on a walk-in basis.
*Reservations cannot be made in advance.
*Registration will close prior to 16:00 if the daily capacity is reached.



A Close-up Look at Samurai Armor from Head to Toe

After enjoying the hands-on area, be sure to head upstairs to the Family Gallery’s “Samurai Mania! Explore Japanese Armor at TNM” in Room T2 on the second floor of the Honkan! (July 17 (Wed)–September 23 (Mon))

Haramaki Type Armor, With red and white lacing and gold plates, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Art Object)

Honkan Room T2 July 17,2019 (Wed)–September 23, 2019 (Mon)


Illustrations by Mushanokoji Akiko




July 17, 2019 (Wed) - September 1, 2019 (Sun)  
9:30–17:00 (Fridays, Saturdays, until 21:00, September 20 and 21, until 22:00) *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room T4
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council, TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM

Related Exhibition

  1. Family Gallery: Samurai Mania!Explore Japanese Armor at TNM
  2. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room T2
    July 17, 2019 (Wed) - September 23, 2019 (Mon)

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    August 6, 2019 (Tue) 14:00 - 14:30