Samurai News

*UPDATE* 14th August 2018

Long Night of Museums 2018

On 25 August 2018, it is time again for the Long Night of Museums and the Samurai Art Museum will participate for the first time.

Highlights of the evening:

Musical opening of the night at the Samurai Art Museum by a live performer

From 7 p.m.: martial art performance by the karate master Frank Takács, 6-Dan JKA (Japanese Karate Association) Shotokan

Presentation of martial art techniques with traditional weapons by Kadeshi e.V.

For English speakers: A short guide to show the highlights of the collection

For additional information:

2nd August 2018

Museum guide

The Samurai Art Museum – The Janssen Collection Berlin museum guide shows through 134 pages an overview oft he history of the samurai and the samurai’s arms and armour, as well as various exhibits of the collection with colour illustrations and explanations.

The English version of the Samurai Art Museum Berlin museum guide is soon available for 12€ at the museum and at our onlineshop.

Product details:

Cover: Paperback

Pages: 134

Size: 21 x 10,5 cm

2nd July 2018

MuseumSummer 2018

On July 11th, the Samurai Arts Museum invits the visitor to the curator's tour at 5 pm.

Topic: The biggest battle in feudal Japan - Sekigahara

The battle of Sekigahara in 1600 went down in Japenese history as the most important military conflict over the political dominance between the most powerful Samurai families, costing the lives of more than 40,000 people.The Samurai Art Museum in Berlin Zehlendorf offers an early evening curator's tour on this subject.

€ 10, conc. € 7,50, free admission for children up to 12 years

There will be no additional charge for the curator's tour on 11th July 2018.

1st March 2018

The Dawn of the Edo period

Great news, advanced ticket sales are now open for this years Gathering 2:
The Dawn of the Edo Period at The Samurai Art Museum Berlin on the 5th
The speeches about arms and armour of the samurai during the Sengoku und
Edo period will be held by researchers and experts.
Since th eparticipation is limited, please register as soon as possible at
the forum of the „The Samurai Arms & Armour“:


1st January 2018

Yoroi: Armors of the samurai

In January 2018, the Samurai Art Museum of the Janssen collection presents a historical insight into the warfare of the samurai and the related design, production and usage of armors (yoroi). The permanent exhibition displays with a range of Japanese pieces the development stages of armors, helmets and masks from the beginning of the military rule of the samurai class in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the age of warring states at the beginning of 15th century up to a period of peace ruled by the Tokugawa clan during the Edo period (1615-1868).

Through the predominance of the Yamato people from the 3rd century the first weapons as well as cuirasses and helmets were imported to Japan from the Asian mainland. The strengthening of the warrior class in the early Heian period (late 8th century) leaded during the following centuries to the development of different types of armor. The “great armor” (ō-yoroi), with big shoulder guards, a box-shaped cuirass and a helmet’s protruding neck guard was used to give a protection against arrows during horse mounted warfare. The lighter armor type (dō-maru) was wrapped around the torso and closed the right-hand side and which was initially used by infantry. From the 13th century on, the horse mounted warfare of the samurai using bow and arrow gradually decreased. Because the ō-yoroi made walking difficult, the samurai began to wear a better quality version of the dō-maru and afterwards a similar type of the lamellar armor, the haramaki has been introduced. As the near-constant military conflicts and the introduction of matchlocks by the Portuguese during the Sengoku period (c. 1477-1600) influenced the armors of the samurai, easy and quickly to produce and more practical helmets were designed. At the same time, bulletproof plates made of iron or leather have come into usage for the “new armors” (tōsei gusoku). Through the 250 years of peace, initiated by national isolation of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) in the early 17th century, the samurai armor became a symbol of the feudal lord’s status and traditional armors were no longer necessary for battles.

The exhibition offers a historical overview of the various development stages of samurai armor and which are combining the aspects of Japanese aesthetics, craftsmanship and the art of warfare.




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The Samurai Art Museum
Clayallee 225 D
14195 Berlin-Zehlendorf

Tel. (0049) (0) 30 213 27 80

Managing director: Peter Janssen
Commercial register entry: 186873B
Local court: Charlottenburg

Fotografie: Exhibits by Manfred-M. Sackmann / Museum by Ruben. W. Meier
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