Samurai Art Expo, Utrecht, 15-17th June 2018

A kabuto belonging to a full armour close up with a katana display behind it

Samurai Art Expo celebrated the best of Japanese Samurai Arms, Armour and fine art at Jaarbeurs event venue in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Journalists, art collectors, Japanese culture fans and the public were invited to the expo, which was a unique new international antiques exhibition of Japanese art, illustrating the history and culture of Samurai-era Japan, organised by a team of experts from Asia, Europe, and Americas.

In our new initiative to bring together an international audience with scholars, artisans, collectors and dealers from all over the world, Samurai Art Expo Group was supported by the NBTHK European Branch and To-ken Society GB, providing talks and lectures. These societies were set up for the preservation and study of Japanese art and artefacts.

The expo provided the best possible learning opportunities by giving access to historical pieces from Japan and a first-hand experience with Samurai culture. Our talks and demonstrations were geared towards a wide audience, with consideration to all levels of knowledge from novices to avid collectors.

Photography by Geanina Spinu and Natalja Dembek