|Sat, April 12, 2003
to Sun, May 25.
Hundred Blossoms, Hundred Plants: Flowers, Trees and the Japanese
|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
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.
|Sat, May 31, 2003
to Sun, July 13.
|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
|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.
|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
|Sat, November 15,
2003 to Sun, December 14.
Cosmetic Makeup : Feminine Fashion
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]
|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.
||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.
||Sat, February 7,
2003 to Sun, April 4.
Dolls 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.
|Sat, February 21,
2004 to Sun, February 29.
Tea Scoop named "Namida" by Sen no Rikyu
Rikyu used for the last tea party