"The Lineage of Culture - The Hosokawa Family Eisei Bunko Collection" Exhibition

Tokyo National Museum

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The Eisei Bunko Foundation and the Eisei Bunko Museum were established in 1950 by 16th-generation family head Hosokawa Moritatsu, with the objective of preserving for future generations the legacy of the cultural treasures of the Hosokawa family, lords of the former Kumamoto domain. "Eisei" combines the "Ei" of Eigen'an - the subtemple of Kenninji in Kyoto, which served as the family temple for eight generations from the time of the original patriarch Hosokawa Yoriari, of the governing family of Izumi province in the medieval period - with the "Sei" of Seiryuji Castle, which was home to Hosokawa Fujitaka (better known as Yusai), the founder of the modern Hosokawa family line.

Totaling over 80,000 objects, the Eisei Bunko collection is one of the leading collections of cultural properties in Japan and includes archival documents, Yusai's treatises on waka poetry, tea utensils connected to the great tea master Sen no Rikyu from the personal collection of 2nd-generation head Tadaoki (Sansai), various objects associated with Hosokawa Gracia, and paintings by Miyamoto Musashi. The exhibition will focus on the history of the Hosokawa family and the transmission of traditional Japanese culture - in particular the secrets to understanding the Kokinshu poetry collection, the cultural arts of Noh theater and the Way of Tea - by means of numerous treasured art objects and historical documents that have been safeguarded throughout the family's tumultuous history. In addition, a selection of the top artistic masterpieces collected by Hosokawa Moritatsu will offer a deeper understanding of the exceptional eye and personal character of this exemplary art collector of early modern Japan.

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From 2010-04-20 To 2010-06-06
9:30 - 17:00, Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays until 18:00, Fridays until 20:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing) Closed: Mondays except for May 3rd.

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