Samurai in Tokyo – AMAZING Samurai Museum EXPERIENCE!

Hi! This is Amy Moncure. As part of our Travel Tokyo Series we’re going to the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku Tokyo. We will delve into a little of the samurai history, show you some things to look for in the
museum, and share with you helpful tips to make your museum visit smoother. First, a little background. The Edo period from 1603 to 1867 was a time of peace forJapan. The samurai of that era were more of scholars and role models to the people: living a life of honor, integrity, loyalty, and respect During this time the elaborate samurai armor indicated wealth and rank, and was worn mainly during ceremonial processions. The samurai wanted to impress that they had the best style and craftsmanship in their area. In 1876, under the new Emperor Meiji, the
samurai were banned from wearing their sword in public, and lost their government stipend. Thus ending the era of the samurai. While visiting the Samurai Museum, I highly recommend that you attend the sword battle performance
included with your admission ticket. Reservations are not needed. The
performance takes place daily at 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m. You are safe sitting in the front
row but it is not for the faint of heart. Also volunteer. During the performance, two volunteers will learn a few basic combat moves My other recommendation is
to join the free guided tour. The Samurai Museum is small but rich
with treasures. Your guide adds to the quality experience at this museum explaining the use of the different swords, highlighting the design choices
for the helmets or Kabutos, noting that some look like animals such as Jackrabbits. Your guide will also point out dents in the armor where it has been tested for strength with musket balls. If you’ve been to any shrines in Japan
– or plan to go to- you may see these ceremonial ritual decorations. In real life they’re made
out of like wood with white paper on the sides, and those zigzags also have
meaning as there’s to represent lightening as they believe that a god
will appear when lightning occurs. As part of the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to dress up in samurai armor and take pictures. These tours are available in English every 10 to 20 minutes. If you attend the sword performance you can begin a tour immediately after. Additionally for 5000 Yen, you can make reservations for a 7 p.m. samurai calligraphy or Japanese
sword course lasting for about an hour. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. with the last admission at 8:30 p.m. Adults cost 1,800 Yen, and children 800 Yen. The Samurai Museum is very close to
the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku and is a 4 to 8 minute walk from the subway. Before going to the samurai museum, we booked our tickets at the Robot
Restaurant. Went to the museum. Ate dinner. Then ended our evening at the Robot Restaurant. Thank you for touring the Samurai Museum with us. Click Like and Subscribe to see the latest of our Tokyo Travel Series. Next stop: the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku: a truly bizarre show that is uniquely Japanese! Until next time. Cheers!

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