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“20th Anniversary Special Exhibition Opening of Edo-Tokyo Museum”

EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Before the current prefectural system was established, Japan was split into provinces. The western half of Aichi Prefecture was known as Owari Province, and during the Edo Period (1603-1867) the area became a domain of the influential and prospering Tokugawa clan.

Tokugawa Yoshinao (1600-50) was designated the first daimyo (feudal lord) to govern the region, with his headquarters at Nagoya Castle. On show are a 230 artifacts, such as weapons and domestic items believed to have been owned by Yoshinao and his heirs. The display includes swords, guns, tea-ceremony utensils and musical instruments; till Feb. 24.

Edo-Tokyo Museum; (03) 3626-9974; 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo; Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Sat. till 7:30 p.m.). ¥1,300. Closed Mon. (except Jan. 14, 21, Feb.11), Feb.12. www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp.