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The Tokugawa Art Museum
Tokugawa Art Museum
(徳川美術館, Tokugawa Bijutsukan) is a private art museum, located on the former Ōzone Shimoyashiki
Ōzone Shimoyashiki
compound in Nagoya, central Japan. Its collection contains more than 12,000 items, including swords, armor, Noh
costumes and masks, lacquer furniture, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, calligraphy, and paintings from the Chinese Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368).


1 History

1.1 Building architecture

2 Collection

2.1 Sample exhibits 2.2 National treasure designated illustrations from the handscroll of the Tale of Genji 12th Century

3 See also 4 Literature 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Unlike many private museums in Japan, which are based on collections assembled in the modern era by corporations or entrepreneurs, the Tokugawa Art Museum
Tokugawa Art Museum
houses the hereditary collection of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan, which ruled the Owari Domain
Owari Domain
in what is now Aichi Prefecture. The museum is operated by the Tokugawa Reimeikai Foundation, which was founded in 1931 by Yoshichika Tokugawa (1886–1976), 19th head of the Owari clan, in order to preserve the clan's priceless collection of art objects, furnishings, and heirlooms. Building architecture[edit] The architectural plan for the museum main building and southern archives were drawn up by Yoshio Yoshimoto, and construction was completed in 1935. The architecture is in the Imperial Crown style, in which the roof and exterior follow a classic Japanese design over a Western style building.[1] Collection[edit]

Scene from the illustrated handscroll of The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
(12th century)

and Honda Heihachiro (17th century)

The permanent exhibition also shows historical reproduction of the Nagoya
Castle Ninomaru palace living quarters of the Owari Tokugawa daimyō, allowing visitors to view the objects as they were actually used in settings such as a Japanese tea-house or the Noh
stage of the palace. The museum also mounts temporary exhibitions in a building that has been declared a national cultural property. The most important and valuable treasures are the Genji Monogatari Emaki, three Heian period
Heian period
illustrated handscrolls of The Tale of Genji, dating to the 1130s. Along with one other scroll from the same set, now preserved at the Gotoh Museum, they are the earliest extant depictions of the epic tale and are National Treasures of Japan. The scrolls are so fragile that they are not permanently displayed to the public. Since at least 2001, they have been displayed in the Tokugawa Museum for one week in November. The Hōsa Library
Hōsa Library
is located next to the museum and houses 110,000 items, including classic literature belonging to the Owari branch. Located next to the museum is the Tokugawa Garden. Sample exhibits[edit]

Amitabha with Eight Great Bodhisattvas (14th century)

Honda Heihachiro with Senhime
(17th century) left panel

Honda Heihachiro with Senhime
(17th century) right panel

Bodhisattva (14th century)

Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu, for the occasion of the Battle of Mikatagahara

Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu, at the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute(17th century)

Kamashiro Yuhi's Cormorants catching fish, a hanging scroll on silk. (1755)

Battle of Nagashino featuring riflemen. (18th century)

National treasure designated illustrations from the handscroll of the Tale of Genji 12th Century[edit]

Chapter "Yomogui" (Waste of Weeds)

Chapter "Kashiwagi"

Chapter "Yokobue" (Flute)

Chapter "Hashihime" (Bridge Princess)

Chapter "Sawarabi" (Sprout)

Chapter "Yadorigi" (Mistletoe)

Chapter "Yadorigi" (Mistletoe)

example from Chapter "Yadogiri" (Mistletoe)

See also[edit]

Daimyo collection List of National Treasures of Japan
(paintings) List of National Treasures of Japan
(crafts-others) List of National Treasures of Japan


The Tokugawa Art Museum. Nagoya: The Tokugawa Art Museum. 1988. ASIN B000VQ5F9O.  The Shogun Age Exhibition From The Tokugawa Art Museum. Nagoya: Shogun Age Exhibition Committee. 1985. ASIN B000UDO9BS. 


^ 文化庁
(2016). "国指定文化財等データベース > 徳川美術館本館". 文化庁. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 

External links[edit] Media related to Tokugawa Art Museum
Tokugawa Art Museum
at Wikimedia Commons

Official site of the Tokugawa Art Museum

Coordinates: 35°11′01″N 136°55′59″E / 35.183692°N 136.933189°E / 35.183692; 136.933189

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 141097491 LCCN: n81144018 ISNI: 0000 0001 2293 1920 GND: 5525116-X SUDOC: 171209478 ULAN: 500303389 NLA: 36049474 NDL: 0030