Samurai to Manga:
Japan across the centuries
15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006
The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus
Once a faithful dog brought the paper to you. Today, if it doesn’t read the latest headlines in Spanish, it's just not Japanese.
Revolutionary stuff? Not when you consider that Japan has been making robots for more than 300 years. And a millennium earlier, precision-crafting the lightest, strongest, most lethal weapon in the world – the samurai sword. It’s the same precision which goes into drawing contemporary Manga, although Manga’s roots actually date back to the seventeenth century.
At almost every level, in fact, Japan is set apart by reinvention and continuity - perhaps because it has never been invaded. At least that's one way of looking at things - which is precisely what the Asahi Shimbun Displays are all about. One fascinating take on a small selection of British Museum objects.
The renovated Japanese Galleries reopened in September 2006 showcasing one of the most dynamic collections of historical and contemporary Japanese objects in the world.
Set of armour from Japan. Momoyama period, late 16th century (cuirass and sleeves; Edo period, 17th century (helmet), 18th-19th century (remainder).