In the museum you can see the samurai's clothing and tools, as well as an impressive collection of Japanese swords from the 12th century until the recent centuries.
Besides learning about Samurai culture and heritage, in this museum, located in Shinjuku, you can wear samurai clothes and experience battles with samurai swords as real as those used by these warriors in their great days and historical periods in which they led Japan.
This is an excellent museum worth visiting, for both history and culture lovers, as well as for cinema-loving children and young people, and "Kill Bill" swordsmanship battles fans.
The samurai were among the most significant and influential groups in Japanese history. Gradually, the samurai reached such impressive power and warfare that they took power from the 12th century to the middle of the 19th century.
It began in Japan, parallel to the Middle Ages in Europe. At the time, the samurai were fiercely defending their social status. They were one of the most influential groups in the history of Japan. Their code of conduct was strict and based on loyalty and respect. The "Bushido", in Japanese "the warrior's way" forced them to control the various martial arts, selflessly, economically, faithfully, and guardedly. Honor was so important that it often lead the samurai warrior to extreme acts, such as suicide after defeat or failure on the battlefield and a mission. Such suicide is known in Japan as Harakiri, or "Seppuku."
Their diverse clothing and weapons forced the samurai warrior to carry an armor and no less than two Katana swords, which were forged over many years. The sword was the symbol and the main symbol of the Bushido warrior morality, but among the other weapons that the samurai fighters had was a spear, an arrow and a bow, and later also rifles.
The weakening of the samurai and the decline of their culture did not stem from defeat. The reason for the fall of the Samurai was the modernization of the world since the Industrial Revolution and the new relations between the nations of this new world. The 19th-century peace between Japan and the Western powers, as well as the growing trade with them, reduced the need for old-fashioned warriors of the samurai type. They strengthened the bureaucrats, who would become more and more powerful in modern Japan, until they replaced the samurai as the leaders of Japan.