Swordsmiths have forged swords in Kyoto for over a millennium. More than mere blades, these swords were also symbols of a spiritual culture. As they gained prestige, they became much sought-after gifts among domain lords from the 1600's. Swords also played major roles in the culture of the capital's bourgeoisie. In fall 2018, the Kyoto National Museum will hold the "Swords of Kyoto" exhibition. Discover the splendor of Kyoto-made swords through the passion of the people who forge and wield them.