Kawagoe City Art Museum

Currently the Kawagoe City Art Museum is showcasing an exhibition named “The Beauty of Warriors” . The word used for warriors is Mononofu, which is the ancient word for warrior. Unfortunately, it has become associated with humanoid robots in English due to the Guinness World Record robot named Mononofu. In the “Beauty of Mononofu” exhibition you can see restored Ō-yoroi, a type of Japanese armor.

Beauty of Warriors

The Beauty of Warriors / Mononofu exhibition displays Ooyori armor restored by Mr. Katsuhiro Terada, a resident of Kawagoe. Ooyoroi is a type of Japanese armor that was used mainly from the mid-Heian period to the Kamakura period. The battles of this period were cavalry battles in which the warriors ran on horseback and shot arrows at each other.

Kawagoe City Art Museum

The City Art Museum introduces mainly artists and works related to the city, and aims to enable art exchanges among the region’s citizens. It provides a chance to experience quality art, and to support the creation and expression of art in public life.

Official English web page

Although, the museum (art gallery) frequently showcases work from Kawagoe artists and / or Kawagoe related themes, it also exhibits international work from time to time. The very first time I visited this art gallery they had a Miffy exhibition! The museum is located across the road from Honmaru Goten, which has had a facelift recently! Miyoshino Shrine / Hatsukari park are also nearby.


Event: Beauty of Warriors Exhibition もののふの美展示

Date: from Saturday March 18th to Sunday May 14th 2023. The museum is closed on Mondays and on April 28th.

Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Cost: 200 yen per adult, 100 yen for senior high school students. There is no charge for children under 15 years old.

Venue: Kawagoe City Art Museum, 〒350-0053 Saitama, Kawagoe, Kuruwamachi, 2 Chome−30−1


Kawagoe / Hon-kawagoe and Kawagoeshi train stations are all between a 25 and 35 minute walk from the gallery. Any bus to Honmaru Goten brings you close to the gallery. The free car park for Kawagoe is about a five minute walk away.

Official exhibition page on the Kawagoe City website.

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