Princess Kazu Goes to Edo: The Objects She Held and the World She Saw

Edo-Tokyo Museum

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In the Edo period, ever since Takako, the lawful wife of third-generation shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, it was customary for the wives of shoguns and their heirs to come from the houses of Imperial princes or the lines of regents and advisors. One of the most exceptional cases was the marriage of an Imperial princess. The daughter of Emperor Ninko and younger sister of Emperor Komei, Princess Kazu was married to the 14th-generation shogun Tokugawa Iemochi. In the same way, many wives of shoguns came from the society of court nobles, and through them, the courtly culture of Kyoto permeated deeply throughout Edo Castle. Princess Kazu tried to reconcile her lifestyle as a lady of the inner chambers with the customs of the samurai and the Imperial court. This exhibition will consist of various pieces that Princess Kazu actually saw and handled, with a focus on furniture used by Princess Kazu, which was handed down within the Tokugawa shogunate family, silver items that Princess Kazu received from Emperor Komei, and waka poems and correspondence written by Princess Kazu, in addition to items held in the collection of the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo.



from January 02, 2021 to February 23, 2021
Closed on 1/12, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22. Until 17:30 on Saturdays.

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Adults ¥600; University Students ¥480; High School and Junior High School Students, Seniors 65 & Over ¥300; Elementary School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 2 Companions free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:30
saturdays closing at 19:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Opens during the Sumo matches in Ryogoku. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Phone: 03-3626-9974 Fax: 03-3626-9950

3 minute walk from the West exit of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu line, 1 minute walk from exit A3 or A4 at Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo line.

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