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In a time, where  you have the feeling, that the day only has 17 hours, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on around you.  Therefor I was lucky that my wife Jennifer let me know about the new fantastic Samurai exhibition being held in the Japanmuseum SieboldHuis in the beautiful city of Leiden, Netherlands.
Art Curator, Dr. Bas Verberk, took a good selection of swords, screens, kimonos, helmets and bows for the display. He really made sure that his exhibition “Masked Warriors” would be a true success.

After I’ve been to numerous exhibitions around the globe, I was amazed to see that the Japanmuseum Leiden shows some extremely seldom pieces for the theme of samurai. 

Thinking about how Japanese Nōh masks could look similar to samurai armour masks (mempō) gets me every time! For that it was well worth a good study to make my work as a tattooer of Irezumi better.
A deeper look into a lost world, that made me more knowledgable than before, in fact that is why this kind of venue is exactly what keeps me aiming higher.

Thank you Dr. Bas Verberk, SieboldHuis and the collectors, that made this possible.

Sorry not to many photos of the expo, so you go yourself.

More information can be found here


Kachō Maki E Chōdo Gake

Three Haramaki in excellent condition

Umenari shaped Helmet

Mandate close up

Some objects have extreme communication


Kaputo and Sankō Jō mask

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