The 11th Japanese Sword Craftsmens’ Exhibition/Competition Guide


We thank you for your interest in the Nihonto Bunka Shinko Kyokai (NBSK), and look forward to your valued contributions and support of the NBSK’s future activities.

In 2020, we unfortunately had to cancel our competition/exhibition due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. However, the NBSK’s 11th Japanese Sword Craftsmens Exhibition 2021, will be held in both the Sakaki-machi Museum of Tetsu in Sakaki-machi, Hanishina county, Nagano prefecture (part one), and the Meiji Shrine Treasure Museum in Tokyo (part two) giving the opportunity to more sword enthusiasts to be able to see the exhibits.

Additionally, this November Meiji Shrine is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and next year a special event will be held in commemorating of the completion of the Museum Treasure Museum 100 years ago.
(*please note that due to the changing Covid situation that the time and venue may change)

At the 10th exhibition, thanks to everyone’s past efforts and achievements, we were able to include for the first time, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award

The exhibition as detailed below, will be in a competition format with awards to outstanding works in the competition, such as the Minister’s Award and so forth. The results of which will be widely published. Based of last years results, we expecting to see even more entries this year.

In addition to the regular categories of sword making, polishing, and mountings, there is also an additional section for Sword Oshigata Art. For further information, please read the separate Sword Oshigata Art Guidelines sheet.

We would therefore advise all those interested in entering the competition to pay close attention to the following guidelines.

Please download the following pdf Guidelines file

Please download the following pdf Application form Template file

Please download the following Excel Application form Template file

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