masterpieces of the museum's collection
I went to this exhibition today, and the blades and fittings were mind-blowing. I had looked up some of the items beforehand in my books, but it never ceases to amaze me how different they often look close up and personal, as compared to oshigata and photos. Especially the Musashi Masamune, and a crane leather saya koshirae, – both published many times – were nothing like I expected. The Masamune was a bit underwhelming (maybe because I couldn’t get really close?), but the koshirae was much more massive and less garish than what I had thought, and of amazing quality .