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Looking at swords in Miyagi prefecture
Shiogama

During my holiday to Japan in November 2001 I visited Shiogama Jingu (Miyagi prefecture) after having been informed by some locals that there were some big swords there.

Shiogama is a pretty shrine with a number of buildings and gardens within it's extensive grounds.

Shiogama Jingu


THE SHIOGAMA JINGU MUSEUM

Open 8:00-17:00(Apr-Oct)/ 8:00-16:00(Nov-Mar) the museum is a fairly modern structure in the corner of the shrine's grounds.
The address is 1-1 Ichimoriyama, Shiogama, Miyagi.
Admission fees: Adult JYE \200  Child JYE \150.

The museum holds around 5,000 artifacts about Shiogama’s history, such as treasures, swords, handwriting, and paintings.  I was primarily interested in the swords.

Ceremonial Wakizashi

This short sword (Wakizashi) was very thick.  The guide informed us that it was actually too thick to be a practical weapon and was a ceremonial piece.
Raikunimitsu
This Tachi was made by Raikunimitsu in the 14th Century, the blade length is 83.6 cm.
Unsho
This Tachi (long sword) was made by Unsho in the 14th Century, the blade length is 92.1 cm with a curvature of 3.5 cm.
Nodachi
This Nodachi (field sword) is 120.9 cm long with a 3.3 cm curvature.

As this museum is not a dedicated sword museum the blades on display were not as good as many on display at Osafune but it was nice to see some very long Tachi and Nodachi.



HOW TO GET THERE
Follow the signs from Hon-Shiogama Station for directions to the shrine.
Map


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