Art of the Warrior

Maedate (frontal crest for helmet) by Myochin Munesuke.

Samurai swords, fittings and armor from 700 years ago to the present will be displayed in Garden Room C of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo, on the weekend of Aug. 20-21 in conjunction with Nisei Week.

A samurai helmet by Myochin Masuda Sadakatsu bearing three bullet test indentations.

The exhibition is curated by Cyrus Chan, Darin Furukawa and Mike Yamasaki. They will be offering informal appraisals on swords, fittings and armor. Yamasaki is the only non-Japanese citizen ever to win the prestigious first-place appraisal championship at the All Japan NBTHK National Convention and a featured expert on the hit show “Pawn Stars.”

There will be no cost for these appraisals; however, donations to the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund will be welcome.

Appointments can be made by emailing or by calling (323) 680-5813.

The JACCC opens at 10 a.m. both days. Other exhibits will include calligraphy, bonsai, furoshiki, kimekomi dolls, sashiko, and photography.

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