||April 16, Sat. -
May 22, Sun., 2005
Restored Beauty of Courtly Aesthetics: Reproductions of The
Illustrated Tale of Genji
in the first half of the 12th century, the Illustrated Tale
of Genji is
considered to be the oldest extant hand scroll of illustrated
stories in Japan. 1997 saw the start of two extraordinary projects,
the first being an in-depth scientific analysis of the scroll.
The second project, undertaken with the cooperation of the
NHK Nagoya Broadcasting Station, was the creation of a facsimile
of the picture scroll to resurrect its original appearance.
The replication of the fifteen sections held by The Tokugawa
Art Museum was completed in March 2005. The NHK documentary
of the scroll's recreation received national and international
The purpose of this exhibition is to trace the research and
the enjoyment of this extraordinary work, and thus, the items
on display comprise a historical survey of the different replicas
of The Illustrated Tale of Genji made from the Edo period (1603-1868)
to the present Heisei period (1989-). Included are the facsimile
Sakurai Seiko (1897-1972) as well as the most recent reproduction
|May 28, Sat. - June
19, Sun., 2005
National Treasure, "Hatsune Furniture:"The Marriage Trousseau
of Tokugawa Chiyohime
|Among the significant
art treasures held by The Tokugawa Art Museum is the marriage
trousseau of Chiyohime, wife of Mitsutomo, the second lord
of the Owari Tokugawa family; it is perhaps the most stunning
example of a Japanese marriage trousseau in existence.
was the eldest daughter of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa
Iemitsu, and married to Mitsutomo in 1639 at the age of two.
The trousseau consists of 75 items designated as National Treasures,
and includes fabrics and metal crafts; however, the center
of the collection consists of lacquer items: mirror stands,
shelving, and containers for the shells used in kai-awase,
a matching game practiced since the Heian period. Most of the
furniture has been decorated with a design taken from a scene
in "Hatsune"chapter (First Song of the Bush Warbler) from
the Tale of Genji. This ever-enthralling collection is also
as the Higurashi no chodo (Furniture for Daily Life). For this
exhibition, the complete trousseau is on display.
|June 25, Sat. -
July 24, Sun., 2005
Master Tea Bowls: The Aesthetics of the Edo Period."
|This exhibition, the
second in this series of "Master Tea Bowls,"is entitled "The
Aesthetics of the Edo Period." On display
for this special show are the distinguished tea bowls of the
early Edo period.With the onset of the Edo period, the Japanese
tea masters came to admire Chinese and Korean tea bowls, and
subsequently, began to use tea
bowls made to their specifications in Japan that reflected
While the Raku family in Kyoto continued the
tradition of wabi Japanese tea bowls, Hon'ami
Koetsu created a new and distinctive aesthetic with the polychrome
color glazes (iroe) used in kyoyaki (Kyoto-style ceramics) which
in turn inspired Nonomura Ninsei. Outside of Kyoto, these tea
bowls had been produced at Seto and Mino kilns, while the newly
of Hagi, Karatsu, Takatori, and Satsuma, which
derived their fundamental techniques from the Korean peninsula,
began to produce tea bowls based on this new aesthetic,
in turn marking the
onset of a nation-wide production of tea bowls.
In this exhibition, tea bowls made during the
Keicho and Genna eras (1596-1624) ? an important
point of cultural intersection between the Momoyama and Edo periods
? several tea bowls used in the newly developed tea ceremony
of the Kan'ei era (1624-44), and tea bowls from this period yet
later acclaimed by tea masters, are on display.
||July 30, Sat. -
September 25, Sun.., 2005
Masterpieces of The Tokugawa Art Museum
The year 2005 marks the seventieth anniversary of the Tokugawa Art Museum,
established in 1935 by Tokugawa Yoshichika, the 19th of Owari Tokugawa
family. Being the first private museum in Japan, the museum represents
a remarkable step in the history of Japanese museums.The center of
this collection, some ten thousand items, comprises the art works of
the Owari Tokugawa family. Some of these items were purchased from
the Tokugawa shogunal family or other daimyo families, while other
items were presented to the Owari Tokugawa family by important merchant
families in Nagoya, the Okaya and Takamatsu. The museum collection
is an extraordinary example of a daimyo household’s private holdings.
The first half of this exhibition, July 30th to August 28th,
is devoted to various items from the Owari Tokugawa family’s
remarkable collection, and includes art objects originally
presented to Yoshinao, the first of the Owari Tokugawa, by
his father, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The second half of the exhibition,
August 30th to September 25th, focuses on a large number
of objects registered as National Treasures or Important
Cultural Objects: painting, calligraphy, and other crafts.
||October 1, Sat.
- November 6, Sun., 2005
The Tale of Genji through Painting
The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu 1000 years ago, has provided
painters with subject matter from the Heian period to the present.
There is no other subject in Japanese history that has had such a remarkable
impact upon the artistic imagination for such an extended period of
time. The remarkable diversity of paintings seen in
the output of the Tosa and Kano school painters, as well as the machi-eshi,
those painters without an affiliation with either school, reflects a
continually evolving series of variations upon this theme.In an attempt
to trace the development of artistic expression as reflected in the continually
shifting aesthetics, this display draws
upon the holdings of The Tokugawa Art Museum and the generosity of private
collectors who have lent items to create a wide-ranging exhibition that
includes picture scrolls, folding screens, shikishi squares, and ogi
[Special public presentation]
||November 12, Sat.
- December 4, Sun., 2005
National Treasure "The Illustrated Tale of Genji"
|"The Illustrated Tale
of Genji,"a National Treasure, also known as the "Takayoshi
Genji"after the purported painter of the work, is the most
famous of the Japanese picture scrolls, and unquestionably
among the representative objects of Japanese art.
It is believed that the original scroll contained all fifty-four
chapters of the Tale of Genji; however, with the passage of
of the chapters have been lost. Presently, of the surviving
chapters, the Gotoh Art Museum in Tokyo holds one scroll formerly
by the Hachisuka family of Awa (present day Tokushima prefecture),
Tokugawa Art Museum hold three scrolls, and the remaining fragments
in the hand of private collectors. In spite of what been lost,
still possible to see the remarkable tastes and refined sensibilities
of the Heian period aristocracy; the text, written in an elegant
on colored paper exquisitely decorated with gold and silver
paired with the equally delicate paintings.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the museum, and after
a period of
ten years, all of the surviving sections of "The Illustrated
Genji"are on display.
|Permanent Exhibitions Only on
December 6 - December 11,2005
Also Closed on December 12, 2005 - January 3, 2006
|January 4, Wed. - February 5,
Auspicious Design: The Arts and Crafts of Good Luck
For centuries, the Japanese people have wished for peace and
prosperity. Thus, for significant occasions in the human life cycle,
such as birth and marriage, or holidays marking changes in the seasons,
even in daily life, people would keep items with specific characters
designs representing happiness or good luck on their person or as
household decorations to ensure the presence of good fortune and
The symbols used to represent these qualities ? cranes, tortoises, and
pines to represent perennial youth, or auspicious words for happiness
can be found in calligraphy, paintings, and many other objects formerly
owned by the Owari Tokugawa family.
This particular exhibition is to celebrate the New Year 2006 with the appropriate
wishes for prosperity and happiness.
||February 11, Sat. - April 9,
Hina matsuri: the Doll's Festival in the Owari Tokugawa Family
The Hina matsuri, or the Doll's Festival, also known as the momo no
sekku, or the Peach Season Ceremony, celebrates young girls and their
maturing. Being a bright, light-hearted celebration, it is an appropriate
announcement for the advent of spring. Various dolls are arranged
on a multi-tiered stand covered with red felt: the prince and princess
in the middle, followed by three ladies-in-waiting, and five musicians.
A final row of miniature furnishings adds a lavish elegance.The remarkable
doll sets owned by the Tokugawa Art Museum represent the expected
elegance once found in the households of the realm's greatest daimyo.
|February 25, Sat. - March 5,
Tea Scoop named "Namida" by Sen no Rikyu
Rikyu used for the last tea party