"Samurai Lab." at Centrair Includes Warring States-Themed Library Cafe

"Samurai Lab." at Centrair.

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On February 11, Chubu International Airport (also known as "Centrair") in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture opened "Samurai Lab." to introduce sightseeing spots related to Japan's military history in the Chubu region and elsewhere.

The Samurai Lab is a new area of Centrair created as an information center for the latest on military history sightseeing by assembling a diverse array of historical materials and tourist info. The lab has a floor space of 270 square meters and is divided into a number of sections.

The permanent exhibit has displays of armor, folding screens, firearms and other historical materials related to the three great warlords of the Warring States period: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. There is also an area for visitors to don armor and take a commemorative photo (JPY 2,000 incl. costume and photos).

The project exhibition corner adopts an overarching theme for each year and holds exhibitions on more specific themes every two to three months. The theme for 2011 is "hime" (the Japanese word for "princess"), under which military history will be presented to tourists each season. The exhibit currently includes costumes and other items from Japanese national broadcaster's historical drama "Go: Hime-tachi no Sengoku," which is about Ogo, a niece of Oda Nobunaga.

The Sengoku Basara area presents the world of the anime of the same name that is popular among female history buffs. The exhibit includes displays of character action figures along with a demo video game.

The Library Cafe has a Warring States samurai theme and offers free drinks for a limited time. The cafe has a collection of over 500 historical manga (Japanese comics), books and magazines about warriors from the period. Customers are charged JPY 400 for the first hour and JPY 200 for every 30 minutes thereafter. Entry is permitted until 4:00 p.m. and outside food and drinks are prohibited.

The Warring States Merchandise corner sells products from the Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai (a group of actors who dress up as warriors and warlords) along with other Warring States-related goods from Aichi and other prefectures. The store has a broad lineup of snacks, T-shirts and more.

At Centrair, the Samurai Lab is expected to become a starting point for tourists to visit locations popular among history buffs as well as historical sites and famed locations connected to the military commanders of the Warring States period.

Business hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.