The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor

一般社団法人 日本甲冑武具研究保存会

Activities in Japan

Monthly Meetings
Research meetings of the NKBKHK are held every month in Tokyo and at irregular intervals at the other branches around Japan. On average, between 20-30 members attend the meetings in Tokyo, with regular lectures on various topics. Often, several items are brought by the speaker and member(s) to help illustrate the presentation. Meetings are normally 2 hours long.

Visits to Museums
When there is a specific exhibition in Japan focused on armor, a visit of the membership is planned (usually  in place of or in conjunction with the monthly meeting) along with a special lecture or gallery talk. The NKBKHK is often also the co-presenter of such exhibitions.

Every year, one or more shinsa are organized in Japan. During these shinsa, a select group of specialists evaluate items that are submitted. Shinsa papers are then awarded. One of the key initiatives of the western branch of the NKBKHK is to start planning shinsa for collectors in the west. Please see the Shinsa page for more details.

The NKBKHK also publishes a Quarterly Magazine,  and a series of books featuring the best items of the shinsa that have attained the Juyo Bunka Shiryo Zuroku designation. A partial translation of the quarterly magazine is now also available. See the Publications page for more details.

Advice & Loan of Armor Items
The association also gives advice about the conservation and restoration of arms and armor. It is also possible to loan certain items for special occasions.

Kagami Biraki Ceremony
Every year in January,  the NKHKBK participates in a special ceremony at the Nihon Budokan, with participants dressed in Kamakura era armor. See more details here with pictures.