Special Exhibition 1F

150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition Sakamoto Ryōma: Japan’s Favorite Hero

Sakamoto Ryoma was born in 1835 in Tosa (today’s Kochi Prefecture). He contributed to the modarnization of Japan until his death in 1867 in Kyoto. Ryoma supported the return of the governance to Imperial Court and mediated the Satsuma-Choshu military alliance, even while being a masterless samurai. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of his death, this exhibition focuses on the personality of Ryoma. Featured are his original letters that reveal a free-spirited, unconventional approach to life and an affectionate relationship with his family. A sword signed “Yoshiyuki” worn by Ryoma when he was assassinated in Kyoto is also on exhibit, along with objects and materials associated with him near the end of the Shogunate, the era when Ryoma was so active.

Adults: ¥1,350  
College and vocational students: ¥1,080 
Elementary, Junior high, High school students and seniors (65 and over): ¥680


Mon. (When Mon. is a national holiday, closed on the following weekday. Open on May 1, 15)



Soword (Katana), signed “Yoshiyuki,” worn by Sakamoto Ryoma
Edo period (1603-1868), 17th.18th century
Kyoto National Museum



Certificate with List of Pole Sword (Naginata) Techniques of Hokushin Itt. School of Swordsmanship, presented to Sakamoto Ryoma
Calligraphy by Ryoma’s master Chiba Sadakichi (1812-1879)
Edo period (1603-1868), 1858
Actland Ryoma History Museum (Kochi)