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Special exhibition “Sumo and Japanese Swords”

In the Edo period, some leading sumo wrestlers, such as yokozuna grand champions, were retained by daimyo military lords and allowed to wear swords. In fact, there remain many nishiki-e (color woodblock prints) depicting popular sumo wrestlers wearing swords. In the world of sumo, swords symbolized the status and power of sumo wrestlers. Some of the swords they carried were made by renowned swordsmiths of the time, including tachi “long swords” used by successive yokozuna grand champions in ring-entering ceremonies.
This exhibition will focus on tachi swords possessed by successive great yokozuna grand champions and other swords associated with sumo, while presenting unknown aspects of sumo culture by highlighting the meanings of swords in sumo and the history of yokozuna grand champions, which have been rarely introduced to the public, in addition to the techniques of swordsmiths and the beauty of swords. The exhibition will also showcase sumo-related artifacts, such as ornamental aprons worn by yokozuna grand champions and woodblock prints depicting sumo wrestlers, along with materials associated with Osaka Sumo (which is one of the origins of the present-day Nihon Sumo Kyokai), held in the collection of Osaka Museum of History to shed light on the history of the group of sumo wrestlers based in Osaka.

Dates: July 8 (Sat.) to August 28 (Mon.), 2017 ※Closed on Tuesdays except August 15 (Tue.), 2017.
Time:9a.m. to 5p.m. 
  ※Please enter 30 minutes prior to closing.Fridays during the exhibition period 09:30-20:00
Admission::1,000yen High school /university students  700yen
Place: Special Exhibition Hall on the 6th floor, Osaka Museum of History Chuo-ku, Osaka City
Acess:Subway Tanimachi Line and Chuo Line, “Tanimachi 4-Chome” Station, Close To Exit “2” or “9”     
Contact:Osaka Museum of History
Phone: +81-6-6946-5728