Current year Exhibitions

Sat, April 12, 2003 to Sun, May 25.
Hundred Blossoms, Hundred Plants: Flowers, Trees and the Japanese Sensibility.
In ancient times, Japanese cherished flowers and trees. They endowed various plants with emotive importance: they held in reverence mysterious trees ascribed with souls, derived the meaning of long life from evergreens like the pine, and perceived the impermanence of all things in their regret for the scattering cherry blossoms and the passing of spring.
Those plants that symbolized the changing of the seasons became key words for the composition of waka poems and monogatari tales, which in turn inspired many types of plant motifs appearing in paintings, textiles and lacquer ware.
In this exhibition, through famous calligraphic examples of various waka poems featuring flowers and trees, as well as through other fine and applied art works, we introduce the culture that evolved out of the Japanese intimacy with the plant world.

The Art of Koryo and the Choson Dynasties
Sat, May 31, 2003 to Sun, July 13.
Daimyo Fashion
The term “oshare” (chic) expresses the desire to display a refined fashionable sense in ones clothing and makeup. Although “oshare” is generally thought of in relation to women, actually, both men and women have always been concerned with attractive appearance. In Japan, since the way past, men dressed with an eye for appearance. Particularly after the warriors became the dominant class, the men of the warrior class were preoccupied with displaying a characteristically warrior-like chic. In everyday life they took great pains selecting their clothing and tools, and the striking armor they wore on the battlefield had oshare as one of its purposes. In this exhibition, we introduce garments, armor, helmets, and other objects inherited by the Owari Tokugawa family to address the question of how daimy !4 styled themselves to enhance their attractiveness as males. You might even find some hints for your own oshare

Heroes of Owari District in a Turbulent Age
Sat, July 19, 2003 to Sun, September 28.
The 82nd Nagoya City Course in Culture and History
Special Exhibition for the 400th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate
The View into the Edo Period
This year marks the 400th anniversary of inauguration of Ieyasu as the first Tokugawa shogun and of the establishment of a centralized Tokugawa government in Edo. For over 260 years after 1603, peace flourished under the rule of the Tokugawa shogun family and the daimy !4. The exhibition introduces important features that were the basis of the great Edo-period peace, a rare example in world history: the feudal law code, the alternative-year residence requirement in Edo, national isolation, and marriages between the shogunal and imperial families. It also provides a panorama of epoch-making events, such as the revenge of the retainers of the Ako Asano family and the arrival of Commander Perry.

Master Tea Bowls
Sat, October 4, 2003 to Sun, November 9.
Special Fall Exhibition
Arts of the Dazzling Keich !4 Era: From Momoyama to Edo
The Keich !4 Era (1596-1615) saw a change in regime when power shifted hands from Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598) to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616); it has become a popular time-setting for TV dramas. After the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, an end to the long years of unrest was finally in sight. People began to experience peace, but still, with the presence of the encampment in Osaka, the time also carried a disquieting atmosphere of being adrift in chaos. The unfettered culture of the era, while inheriting the grand splendor of the times of Nobunaga (1534-1582) and Hideyoshi, saw the development of new aspects overflowing with life energy.
Through paintings, calligraphy, and applied arts showing various features of the art born of the Keich !4 era, you can experience the esthetic sense of people during the transition into the Edo Period.

Aspiration to Elegance
Sat, November 15, 2003 to Sun, December 14.
Cosmetic Makeup : Feminine Fashion
Traditional Japanese makeup uses three basic colors: red from safflower, white face powder, and tooth blackening. Their purpose was not simply to beautify the women who used them, but tooth blackening and drawn-in eyebrows, for instance, also functioned as signs of social rank, age, and marital status.
Here we probe into the tastes and esthetics related to the beautification of women, as can be surmised from paintings, cosmetic implements, and various other tools for adorning the body that were passed down through the Owari Tokugawa Household.

[Special public presentation]

Picture scrool of The Tale of Genji

Sat, November 15, 2003 to Mon, November 24.
Picture scrool of The Tale of Genji
Scene from the chapter of Kashiwagi (II) and Azumaya (II)

Also Closed on December 15. 2003-January 3. 2004.

The Taste of Tea in Daimyo Society

Sun, January 4, 2004 to Sun, February 2.
Parent-Child Bonds and the Arts
The group of objects called "Sunpu Owakemono" that were handed down to Yoshinao, first lord of the Owari Tokugawa family, from his father Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun, form a core group in the collection of the Tokugawa Art Museum. Our museum houses a variety of art objects and historical documents related to father-to-son relationships. These documents, such as letters expressing a tender concern resonant even today, and objects, such as joint works of calligraphy or art, provide a window into parent-child relationships. The exhibition explores the bonds between parent and child as they ought to be through objects primarily from the museum.

Doll's Festival

Sat, February 7, 2003 to Sun, April 4.
Doll’s Festival in the Owari Tokugawa Household
"Hina Matsuri" (Doll's Festival), also known as "Momo no Sekku" (Peach Season Ceremony), cerebrates young girls and their growing up. Being a gay, friendly celebration, it is an appropriate announcement of the advent of spring. Various dolls are arranged on a multi-leveled stand covered with red felt: the prince and princess in the middle, flanked by ladies-in-waiting, and five musicians. A row of miniature furnishings of various kinds adds lavish elegance.
The Hina Matsuri sets owned by the Tokugawa Art Museum live up to what one would expect in the household of the greatest daimy !4 in the realm.

Tea Scoop named "Namida"

Sat, February 21, 2004 to Sun, February 29.
Tea Scoop named "Namida" by Sen no Rikyu
"Namida" which Rikyu used for the last tea party




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