Evangelion & Japanese Sword Exhibit : where Past meets Future


Anime have their roots in Japan and are still very popular among the (mostly) younger people in and outside Japan.

One of the most popular anime series in Japan is ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ and with the release of the upcoming movie ‘Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo’ (November 2012) there’s already a lot of promotion going on.

Since a lot of swords (alike)and other weapons  are being used by these characters, the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum saw’s it chance to bring together history & future by making sci-fi  weapons while using traditional forging techniques.

With it’s ‎3.3m length and a weight of 22.8 Kg, “The Lance of Longinus” is definitely one of the eye catchers .


It must admit i am a bit surprised that these  traditional smiths & craftsmen were prepared to cooperate  on that project. Most of the times, the ‘pure traditionalists’ are not really a big fan of modern & hyped things and want to stick to the past.

I like this, how about you 🙂 ?


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As far as i could figure out, these were 2 craftsmen who made a contribution :

If you happen to know other craftsmen who contributed, please let me know so i can add them here.

The exhibition  runs from July 14 to September 17.