A final peek behind the scenes

Lords of the Samurai officially opens today and already the ground floor buzz is strong. For those of us who work on bringing together exhibitions, it is always a little strange to walk into the galleries that we have spent weeks sequestered in and to find them full of crowds, conversation, and fearless children staring down suits of armor. Always the objects look a little bit different — like they were not fully alive until that first visitor walks through the door.

As we begin to move on to an assortment of other projects that have been patiently waiting in the wings, I thought I’d wrap-up our Samurai Behind-The-Scenes seriesĀ  with a few photos that never quite made it to the blog, featuring a (very) small part of the incredible team of museum staff and distinguished visitors who helped make this show happen. Enjoy!


Registrar Cathy Mano and mountmaker Vincent Avalos supervise test-fitting the bronze bell onto its mount.


Eisei-Bunko Museum director Jun'ichi Takeuchi prepares sword blades for display.


Textile conservator Denise Migdail and paintings conservator Shiho Sasaki direct the arrangement of the gigantic banner featured in Lee gallery.


Head of preparation Brent Powell and Exhibition Designer Stephen Penkowsky discuss the layout of "The Book of Five Rings" with curators Junko Abe and Melissa Rinne.


Vincent Avalos and Junko Abe complete the perilous task of securing this soaring helmet in Lee Gallery while Shiho Sasaki stands by.

2 Responses to “A final peek behind the scenes”

  1. sharon  on June 17th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Love the photos and the behind the scenes look that we missed out on!

  2. mangolassi  on June 19th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I’m in awe witnessing the display of such nerves of steel.

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