Samurai life during Japan’s Great Peace is focus of Yale Peabody Museum exhibition

 A Kawarikabuto helmet — a 17th- to 19th-century Samarai helmet — was designed in such a way as to identify a commander during battle; to allow a general to know who among his men performed particular feats of bravery; and to look impressive in ceremonies.

“Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” a new, interactive exhibition opening at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, will bring to life the many-layered history of the samurai and those they ruled.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, March 28 with a program titled “Swords & Stories: A Celebration of Japan and Its History,” to be held 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The program will feature martial arts demonstrations, Japanese drumming, and calligraphy and sword drawing, along with games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. At 11 a.m., Betty Baisden will present a puppet show titled “Roxi and the Samurai.” Upcoming events related to the exhibition include public lectures, guided tours, a fall film series, and origami and calligraphy workshops. The exhibition will be on view through Jan. 3, 2016, at the museum located at 170 Whitney Ave.