Educational committee

To-ken Society GB

Paul Bowman, chairman of To-ken Society GB
Paul Bowman, chairman of To-ken Society GB

The role of The Token Society of Great Britain is to encourage and support the study, appreciation and preservation of Japanese swords, sword fittings and associated artefacts within the UK.

Established in 1964, the To-ken society is an active community that keeps alive the enthusiasm for Japanese swords and armour.

The society holds regular meetings, reaches out to interested parties and advocates the safe handling and proper care of Japanese swords.


Eckhard Kremers, chairman of the NBTHK EB
Eckhard Kremers, chairman of the NBTHK EB

(Nippon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai European Branch:

Society for the preservation of Japanese Art and swords, European branch)

Just like their British counterpart, the NBTHK EB encourages and supports the study, appreciation and preservation of Japanese swords, sword fittings and associated artefacts, but does so within Europe.

Established in 1948, they hold bi-monthly meetings in ever-changing locations in Europe. These include courses and evaluations, hands-on studies of important swords, as well as reports on sword related studies.

A message from the NBTHK European Branch and Token Society of Great Britain

The stated aims of our societies are conservation, preservation and education. We aim to increase awareness and understanding, and through our programme of meetings and exhibitions help preserve this unique and captivating art form, which has played such a major cultural role in Japanese society for more than 1000 years.

In the past, both societies have organised educational events to fulfil these goals. Samurai Art Expo offered both our societies an opportunity to arrange a major educational event in central Europe, the first such event since the exhibition held in Solingen in 2002.

Although the educational programme is totally independent from any commercial activity, the organisers of Samurai Art Expo very generously donated space, exhibition cabinets and audio visual equipment for the event. This has enabled our two societies to focus completely on the content of both exhibition and programme of lectures.

As organisers of the educational programme, we have been delighted at the generosity of our members and fellow collectors in offering so many fine works for inclusion at the show. As has been said here often before, the quality of pieces on display are exceptional and of a level that can rarely be seen outside of Japan.

Our contributors include people who have devoted much of their adult life to the study of this subject. The programme has been devised to offer both beginners and more experienced collectors something of interest and to give us all the opportunity to share ideas and information. The exhibition has been planned to enable visitors to see the very best examples from various periods
and traditions of both swords and fittings.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors and sharing what we are sure will be an enjoyable event. We hope that as Samurai Art Expo grows in future years that other Japanese sword and Armor Societies from within Europe will join us and help us to further expand people’s awareness and understanding of this unique art form.