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Revolving Exhibit: Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Military Intelligence Service

Date Run: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - Sunday, August 26, 2018

Photo courtesy of Darin Furukawa
Nikkei Samurai explores the role Japanese American World War II soldiers of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) played in the preservation of the samurai sword. Japanese Americans in the MIS made vital contributions to both the victory in the Pacific and the successful Occupation of Japan. This select group of soldier-linguists used their understanding of Japanese language and culture to translate captured documents, monitor enemy transmissions and interrogate prisoners of war. The exhibition invites guests to explore the beauty of the Japanese sword and its fittings through pieces from the collections of MIS veterans, as well as through superb examples of blades and fittings dating from Japan’s feudal era to present day.

"Nikkei Samurai" is curated by Darin S. Furukawa and Michael Yamasaki, samurai arts specialists from the educational organization Jidai Arts (

This exhibit will be pay-as-you-wish during regular hours of GFBNEC's permanent "Defining Courage" exhibition. Suggested general admission during regular operations is $9 for adults and $5 for seniors. Students and teachers enter for free, courtesy of a generous grant from the Aratani Foundation. Operating hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Monday.

Image from Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veterans exhibition, 2017.
Image from Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veterans exhibition, 2017.

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