The Fabulous Treasures of The Tokugawa
The museum collection contains swords and other weapons, suits of samurai armor, tea ceremony utensils and ceramics, art and calligraphy, Noh costumes and masks, furnishings and a whole lot more. Among the most valued items are the National Treasure listed, and therefore rarely displayed, Genji Monogatari Emaki, three Heian Period hand-painted scrolls depicting the Tale of Genji, dating from the 1130s.
The museum also boasts 9 Designated National Treasure items, 59 Important Cultural Properties, and 46 Important Art Objects. The array of gorgeous artifacts on display changes regularly, and fascinating special exhibitions keep the crowds returning for more.
The adjoining Hosa Library contains over 110,000 books, scrolls and other literature belonging to the Owari Tokugawa clan, 3,000 of which were presented to the first lord, Yoshinao, by his father and shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Indulge in the opulence, the beauty and the luxury enjoyed by the ruling Tokugawa clan, and the treasures they have preserved for all to see.
Nature’s treasure, Tokugawaen Garden
An oasis of green in the middle of Nagoya City, the Tokugawaen Garden is a bona fide exemplar of a traditional Japanese garden. Conceived to please the demanding generals of old, it is expansive, well-maintained and exquisitely designed. Flowers and plants of each season make the place an enjoyable experience all year long and the air is natural, yet sophisticated and uplifting. A mechanism was invented causing the waterfall to suddenly surge and flood the stepping-stones once one had completely crossed the small stream. The feudal lords invited to the garden parties of old found this feat of engineering both surprising and enjoyable. The Ryumon No Taki waterfall was actually brought from the former Owari Tokugawa residence in Edo, now the grounds of Tokyo’s Waseda University, in 1998, and has been faithfully restored. Another beautiful waterfall within the evergreen forest is the six-meter high, three tiered Ozone-no-taki waterfall which has given its name to the local district, Ozone.
Overlooking the impressive central lake is the Kansero, a restaurant, auditorium and store complex which provides visitors with a place to relax, enjoy a meal and appreciate some of the best views of the garden landscape. The Tea Ceremony can also be enjoyed for a separate fee in the elegant Zuiryutei Teahouse overlooking the central lake.
They live among us!
Tourists would be relieved to know that, despite the dramatic conclusion of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, by means of the Last Shogun's Resignation, the family descendants, although diminished in power and wealth, still walk among us, leading simple lives. In fact, this unique museum's existence is owed to the clever foresight of one of them, for instead of just sitting and waiting for the remaining fortune to be defiled and taken away, he decided it was best to donate everything to the municipality in Nagoya-city. And for that we, as well as the Japanese people, are very grateful.