VirtualTour of Drifters Original Artwork and Samurai Culture at Sengan-en, Home of the Shimadzu Clan

September 8, 2020 Sengan-en, Kagoshima City, JAPAN: For Immediate Release

World Heritage Site to hold virtual tour of Drifters artwork and samurai culture, celebrating 450 years since death of Shimadzu Toyohisa

A one-off online event including a viewing of Drifters original artwork, a tour of the house lived in by the Shimadzu clan, and a special display of the swordsmanship featured in the manga will be held using Zoom on September 20 from 5pm JST.

  • Event name: Drifters Original Artwork Online Tour
  • Date: September 20, 2020 5:00-6:30pm JST
  • Place: Sengan-en, Kagoshima, JAPAN
  • Price: ¥3,500

Sengan-en have teamed up with publisher Shonen Gahosha to bring hit manga Drifters to the home of the Shimadzu clan celebrating 450 years since the death of Sengoku period samurai and protagonist Shimadzu Toyohisa. More than sixty pieces of hand- drawn original artwork from series creator Kouta Hirano (Hellsing, Drifters) will be on display.

A demonstration of Taisha-ryu and Jigen-ryu, two styles of swordsmanship practiced by the Shimadzu clan, will be held at the start of the event. This is the first time in 416 years that Taisha-ryu and Jigen-ryu will demonstrate together.

A guided tour of the house lived in by the lords of the Shimadzu clan and explanation of their history will tie the fictional manga content into real history. The tour will be guided by Sengan-en curator and subculture enthusiast Iwakawa Takuo and Shimadzu history expert Alex Bradshaw.

The armor used by Toyohisa at the Battle of Sekigahara is in the collection of the Shoko Shuseikan Museum and an authentically produced replica will form part of the tour.

Sengan-en is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stately home and gardens of the Shimadzu clan, located in Kagoshima City, Kyushu, Japan. It is still owned and operated by the historic family, now in their 32nd generation.

Drifters is a fantasy adventure featuring Shimadzu Toyohisa. The manga has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide in five different languages and has been adapted into an equally popular animated series.

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