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Autumn Special Exhibition: Lives and Treasures of the Owari Tokugawa Princesses (秋季特別展 「 尾張姫君ものがたり」)

2021.09.18

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Image: Kosode Robe, spring and autumn flowers, palace, carriage and fence design, embroidery on pale blue crepe silk, chirimen.
Warn by Teitoku-in Kanehime, wife of the 14th Owari Tokugawa, Yoshikatsu.
The Tokugawa Art Museum


In the Edo period, when marriage represented an alliance between families, the successive lords of the Owari domain, the most senior of the three main Tokugawa branch families, received their legal wives from other branches of the Tokugawa family, including the shogunal family, as well as from the court nobility and other daimyo families. In order to ensure the continuity of the bloodline, other ladies were also taken as concubines. In some cases, the sons of these concubines became successors to the family headship, raising their mothers' position to next in rank to the daimyo's legal wife.
This exhibition presents objects connected to the official wives, concubines, and daughters who supported the successive heads of the Owari Tokugawa family and the political roles behind the scenes and illuminates the nature of their lives.


When: Sat. 18 Sep. to Sun. 7 Nov. (10:00 - 17:00; Last entry by 16:30.) Closed Mondays.
Where: The Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館) and Hosa Library (蓬左文庫), Higashi Ward (東区)
Access: By train: a 10-minute walk from JR Ōzone Sta. (大曽根駅, CF04) South Exit (南出口) on the JR Chuō Line (JR中央本線). By bus: From Sakae, take a City Bus for Hikiyama (引山) or Shikenya (四軒家); Leaving from Stop No. 3, Sakae Bus Terminal (Oasis 21). Get off at Tokugawaen Shindeki (徳川園新出来) Bus Stop.
Admission: General admission 1,400 Yen; University & Senior HS students 700 Yen; Junior HS and elementary students 500 Yen.
Website: https://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/en/

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