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The Aesthetics of Grace in all Things: The Japanese Samurai Art performance ensemble BUGAKUZA visits Berlin, offering workshops with BUGAKU dance performance

BUGAKU Workshop and Performance

December 13th, THU. 6PM-9PM

December 14th, FRI.   6PM-9PM

December 15th, SAT.  1PM-4PM

* You can participate all three days, or can select only one or two days


1. Introduction of BUGAKU

2. Explanation of Samurai Armors and Samurai aesthetic senses

3. Practice of basic Samurai movements

4. Practice of wooden sword performance and fan dance.

5. Koshiro-sensei shows short BUGAKU performance

BUGAKU Performace Showcase

Koshiro Minamoto, the master of BUGAKU, shows BUGAKU Speacial Performance with beautiful costumes, in the exhibitions of Samurai Art Museum!!

December 12th, WED. 4PM-5PM

December 16th, SUN.  3PM-4PM


Samurai Art Museum Berlin

Clayallee 225 D

Eingang in der Villa Clay

14195 Berlin-Zehlendorf




-participant : 70€ incl. Museum admission fee ( under 12 : 50€ )

-audience : 15€ incl. Museum admission fee ( under 12 : free )

SHOWACASE : 10€ Museum admission fee

Please pay by cash or credit card on the spot when you come to join.

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The Japanese Samurai Art performance troupe Bugakuza will be in Berlin from 12th to 16th December, offering workshops and showcases in the art of BUGAKU, amidst historical Samurai armour and weapons, at the Samurai Art Museum of the Janssen Collection in Berlin-Zehlendorf.

BUGAKU was developed by Japanese traditional martial arts specialist Koshiro Minamoto in 2005 as a new genre of Japanese traditional performing art. It’s the fusion of Japanese traditional martial arts, BUJUTU, and Japanese traditional Samurai cultures like NOH or tea ceremony that Samurai actually practices and loved. The objective is to represent Bu no Bi, the beauty of martial arts and Samurai cultures, with innovative style.

BUGAKU is an amalgamation of three traditional Japanese art forms – BUJUTSU, NOH and WAGAKU.

BUJUTSU is the actual practice of martial art, focused on the physical part of fighting.

NOH is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. It is the oldest major theatre art that is still regularly performed today and was among the first cultural assets registered for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

WAGAKU means Japanese music, and refers specifically to music using traditional Japanese instrument and/or sung in traditional Japanese vocals.

The main characteristic of BUGAKU is the focus on the artistic value of Samurai cultures and its multifaceted presentation. Means of expression are elaborated movements, exquisite costumes, as well as Samurai items like armour and swords. It focuses also on the peaceful spirits, high consideration for others and the views of life and death of Samurai, like BUSHIDO, seeking for ‘Beautiful Ways of Living‘ and thus the Peace for the World.

Bugakuza presented their exceptional rendition of Japanese culture at Sayn castle in Germany, at the Santa Croce Basilica, which is part of the World Heritage Site “Historic Centre of Florence”, Rome, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, London, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, St.Petersburg, São Paulo, Shanghai and Taiwan, among others, as well as events within Japan such as earthquake relief events or Fuji Rock Festival 2009.

I am still on the way to perfect BUGAKU. It is a growing art. As an originator of a new style in traditional art, I feel it is my duty to make BUGAKU known to the world. For that reason, as well as to be a best performer, I devote myself to be a best teacher of BUGAKU. Please enjoy a new expression of Japanese dance art, BUGAKU, with us.(Koshiro  Minamoto)

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Teezeremonie des Ueda Sōko e.V. im Samurai Art Museum Berlin

Freitag, 7. Dezember 2018, 18.30 Uhr


Das Trinken von grünem Pulvertee wurde im 13. Jahrhundert von buddhistischen Mönchen, die von ihren Studienreisen in China zurückkehrten, in Japan eingeführt. Wurde der Tee zu Beginn als Medizin angesehen, entwickelte sich im Laufe das 15. Jahrhunderts das Teetrinken als gesellschaftliche und ästhetische Praxis unter den Feudalherren. Wohlhabende Samurai zeigten ihre umfangreichen Sammlungen an Kunstobjekten, vornehmlich aus China stammende Malereien oder Teeschalen, während luxuriöser Teezusammenkünfte. Der Wandel innerhalb des japanischen Teeweges, mit dem Fokus auf Zen-buddhistisches Gedankengut, der Verwendung von lokal gefertigten Teeutensilien und einer auf Schlichtheit basierenden Ästhetik (wabi-cha), trat durch die berühmten Teemeister wie Sen no Rikyū am Ende des 15. Jahrhunderts auf. Die Feldherren und Reichseiniger Oda Nobunaga und Toyotomi Hideyoshi zählen zu den bekanntesten Anhängern und Förderern der japanischen Teezeremonie (cha-no-yu).


Die Tradition des Teeweges der Ueda Ryū („Tradition“ oder „Schule“) wurde nach ihren Begründer und Kriegsherren Ueda Sōko (1563-1659) benannt, der u.a. zum Schülerkreis um Sen no Rikyū gehörte. Der sog. „Teeweg der Samurai“ (buke-cha) des Teemeisters Ueda Sōko stellt eine Form der japanischen Teeästhetik dar, in der Sitten und Gebräuche sowie Etikette und Werte des Schwertadels (buke) sichtbar werden.


Am Freitag, den 7. Dezember 2018 um 18.30 Uhr, findet eine Vorführung mit anschließender Teeverkostung des Ueda Sōko e.V. im Samurai Art Museum Berlin statt.


Teilnahmebetrag: 30,- €

Ort: Samurai Art Museum – Die Sammlung Janssen Berlin (Eingang 3 UG. der Villa Clay), Clayallee 225 D, 14195 Berlin-Zehlendorf


Da nur eine begrenzte Teilnehmeranzahl für den Abend zugelassen ist, wird um vorherige Anmeldung unter folgendem E-Mail-Adresse gebeten:

10th September 2018

New exhibition from 10th October 2018:

Tsuba: The development of the Japanese hand guards into an object of art

The development of the sword fittings, especially of the hand guards, so-called tsuba were accompanied by the development of the Japanese swords during the era of the samurai.
Early examples of blades as well as sword fittings have a functional appearance and were made corresponding with the current war techniques. From the 14th century onward, craftsmen specialized in makers of either hand guards or sword fittings, and who founded their own schools in cities and provinces. The tsuba of these schools are characterised by a distinctive style and regional features. During the peaceful Edo period (1615-1868) the sword mounting became a significant symbol of the samurai class. The sword fittings of this time show technical perfection and the use of high-quality materials, as gold-copper alloys or inlays of soft metal.
The exhibition features a wide range of sword fittings spanning the 14th to the 19th century. Many of the major schools from the main tsuba manufacturing regions are represented, as Nara, Kyōto, Mino or Owari, as well as outstanding works of Hirata, Sōten, Tetsugendō or Ishiguro school.

*UPDATE* 14th August 2018

Long Night of Museums 2018

On 25 August 2018, it is time again for the Long Night of Museums and the Samurai Art Museum will participate for the first time.

Highlights of the evening:

Musical opening of the night at the Samurai Art Museum by a live performer

From 7 p.m.: martial art performance by the karate master Frank Takács, 6-Dan JKA (Japanese Karate Association) Shotokan

Presentation of martial art techniques with traditional weapons by Kadeshi e.V.

For English speakers: A short guide to show the highlights of the collection

For additional information:

2nd August 2018

Museum guide

The Samurai Art Museum – The Janssen Collection Berlin museum guide shows through 134 pages an overview oft he history of the samurai and the samurai’s arms and armour, as well as various exhibits of the collection with colour illustrations and explanations.

The English version of the Samurai Art Museum Berlin museum guide is soon available for 12€ at the museum and at our onlineshop.

Product details:

Cover: Paperback

Pages: 134

Size: 21 x 10,5 cm

2nd July 2018

MuseumSummer 2018

On July 11th, the Samurai Arts Museum invits the visitor to the curator's tour at 5 pm.

Topic: The biggest battle in feudal Japan - Sekigahara

The battle of Sekigahara in 1600 went down in Japenese history as the most important military conflict over the political dominance between the most powerful Samurai families, costing the lives of more than 40,000 people.The Samurai Art Museum in Berlin Zehlendorf offers an early evening curator's tour on this subject.

€ 10, conc. € 7,50, free admission for children up to 12 years

There will be no additional charge for the curator's tour on 11th July 2018.

1st March 2018

The Dawn of the Edo period

Great news, advanced ticket sales are now open for this years Gathering 2:
The Dawn of the Edo Period at The Samurai Art Museum Berlin on the 5th
The speeches about arms and armour of the samurai during the Sengoku und
Edo period will be held by researchers and experts.
Since th eparticipation is limited, please register as soon as possible at
the forum of the „The Samurai Arms & Armour“:


1st January 2018

Yoroi: Armors of the samurai

In January 2018, the Samurai Art Museum of the Janssen collection presents a historical insight into the warfare of the samurai and the related design, production and usage of armors (yoroi). The permanent exhibition displays with a range of Japanese pieces the development stages of armors, helmets and masks from the beginning of the military rule of the samurai class in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the age of warring states at the beginning of 15th century up to a period of peace ruled by the Tokugawa clan during the Edo period (1615-1868).

Through the predominance of the Yamato people from the 3rd century the first weapons as well as cuirasses and helmets were imported to Japan from the Asian mainland. The strengthening of the warrior class in the early Heian period (late 8th century) leaded during the following centuries to the development of different types of armor. The “great armor” (ō-yoroi), with big shoulder guards, a box-shaped cuirass and a helmet’s protruding neck guard was used to give a protection against arrows during horse mounted warfare. The lighter armor type (dō-maru) was wrapped around the torso and closed the right-hand side and which was initially used by infantry. From the 13th century on, the horse mounted warfare of the samurai using bow and arrow gradually decreased. Because the ō-yoroi made walking difficult, the samurai began to wear a better quality version of the dō-maru and afterwards a similar type of the lamellar armor, the haramaki has been introduced. As the near-constant military conflicts and the introduction of matchlocks by the Portuguese during the Sengoku period (c. 1477-1600) influenced the armors of the samurai, easy and quickly to produce and more practical helmets were designed. At the same time, bulletproof plates made of iron or leather have come into usage for the “new armors” (tōsei gusoku). Through the 250 years of peace, initiated by national isolation of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) in the early 17th century, the samurai armor became a symbol of the feudal lord’s status and traditional armors were no longer necessary for battles.

The exhibition offers a historical overview of the various development stages of samurai armor and which are combining the aspects of Japanese aesthetics, craftsmanship and the art of warfare.




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Clayallee 225 D
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Tel. (0049) (0) 30 213 27 80

Managing director: Peter Janssen
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Local court: Charlottenburg

Fotografie: Exhibits by Manfred-M. Sackmann / Museum by Ruben. W. Meier
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