“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History

Posted in Otaku on 17 July, 2013 (17:35)

Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition at Osaka Museum of History
This exhibition has recently opened in Osaka. It’s a collaboration between Evangelion and the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum from Okayama. You can learn about the art of sword making, and see real versions of weapons from the series, and also designs inspired by it.

"Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition" at Osaka Museum of History
"Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition" at Osaka Museum of History
Rei, Asuka and Mari welcome you!

"Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition" at Osaka Museum of History
The sword making process is explained in detail in both Japanese and English, and what a process it is – requiring the metal to be folded and shaped numerous times to get create what you see here.

"Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition" at Osaka Museum of History "Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition" at Osaka Museum of History
This device kept a Katana securely inside the glass cabinet, while also allowing people to come lift the blade to get a feel for the weight. A collection of ornate Tsuba(hand guards) were also on display.

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History “Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
Progressive knife replicas!

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History “Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
Here are the blades inspired by the Evangelion characters. First is Shinji’s blade, which is coloured subtly with unit 01’s scheme – does this blade qualify as a wakizashi or a tanto? I’m not sure… Second is a dagger inspired by Mari’s plugsuit!

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History “Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
Askua’s blade was especially impressive, the red and gold colour scheme looked really great and the blade featured a detailed engraving of the lady herself. By comparison, Rei’s weapon is more understated, but the carving of the Spear of Longinus on the blade was fantastic. Speaking of which…

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
The centerpiece of the exhibition is this gigantic Spear of Longinus! It measures over three metres in length, and weighs around 22kg!

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
Instead of the smoothing the surface of the spear, it’s been given a really creepy otherworldly texture, very fitting.

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History “Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
Evangelion-style Kabuto helmet and a comparison of a particularly sinister menpo mask and Eva-01’s berzerk mode.

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
Counter sword designs.

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
This thing looks especially brutal.

“Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History “Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition” at Osaka Museum of History
I resisted buying anything in the gift shop, but I liked the look of the Nerv dinner tray :)

This exhibition is really cool. It’s running until September 16th, entry for adults is ¥800. There’s an English floor-guide you can pick up as you go in, and some of the exhibit info is in written in English too.

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  1. Buy Japanse Sword on 22 July, 2013 at (14:15)

    Interesting exhibition. United States should have something like this given the amount of swords collectors there. I collect Japanese Army Officer Sword

    • alan caldwel;l on 17 June, 2015 at (23:30)

      Hello,
      You are correct. There are many of us who appreciate the Japanese sword. I have 5 and I treasure them. My wife thinks I am crazy the amount of attention I give them. maybe I was a Samurai in a past life. Who knows.

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