Prized Items of the Collection

Representative materials from our collection of over 5,000 items are on display.

  • Sword of Kondo Isami, called Ashu Kikkawa Rokuro Minamotono Sukeyoshi

    Sword of Kondo Isami, called Ashu Kikkawa Rokuro Minamotono Sukeyoshi (length of blade: 75 cm)

  • Sword of Hijikata Toshizo, called Yamatonokami Minamotono Hidekuni

    Sword of Hijikata Toshizo, called Yamatonokami Minamotono Hidekuni (length of blade: 68.7 cm)

  • Wakizashi sword of Katsura Hayanosuke, used to assassinate Sakamoto Ryoma

    Wakizashi sword of Katsura Hayanosuke, used to assassinate Sakamoto Ryoma (length of blade: 42.1 cm)

  • Chainmail armor of Kondo Isami

    Chainmail armor of Kondo Isami (weight: approx. 6 kg)

  • Sleeve insignia of the Shinsengumi

    Sleeve insignia of the Shinsengumi

  • Commendation for the Ikedaya Incident

    Commendation for the Ikedaya Incident

  • List of members of the Shinsengumi

    List of members of the Shinsengumi

  • Wooden cannon

    Wooden cannon

  • Calligraphy by Emperor Komei of the word chusei

    Calligraphy by Emperor Komei of the word chusei (loyalty)

  • Shikishi (illustration board ) presented by Tokugawa Yoshinobu to Shibusawa Eiichi

    Shikishi (illustration board ) presented by Tokugawa Yoshinobu to Shibusawa Eiichi

  • The ship Kanrin Maru, painting and Chinese-style poem by Katsu Kaishu

    The ship Kanrin Maru, painting and Chinese-style poem by Katsu Kaishu

  • Calligraphy by Yamauchi Yodo

    Calligraphy by Yamauchi Yodo

  • Woodblock print depicting the end of the Aizu War, by Hayakawa Shozan

    Woodblock print depicting the end of the Aizu War, by Hayakawa Shozan

  • Letter from Kawai Tsuginosuke to Koyama Ryoun

    Letter from Kawai Tsuginosuke to Koyama Ryoun

  • Photo of Sakamoto Ryoma presented to Empress Shoken

    Photo of Sakamoto Ryoma presented to Empress Shoken

  • Letter from Sakamoto Ryoma to Motoyama Tadaichiro

    Letter from Sakamoto Ryoma to Motoyama Tadaichiro

  • Takasugi Shinsaku's war fan

    Takasugi Shinsaku's war fan

  • Waka poem on Japanese plum and cherry blossoms, by Katsura Kogoro

    Waka poem on Japanese plum and cherry blossoms, by Katsura Kogoro

  • Chinese-style poem by Saigo Takamori, presented to Oyama Iwao

    Chinese-style poem by Saigo Takamori, presented to Oyama Iwao

  • Diplomatic message by Léon Roches

    Diplomatic message by Léon Roches