Hikone Castle Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Hikone Castle Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Water: A Source of Myriads of Japanese Designs

    Water: A Source of Myriads of Japanese Designs

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2016-06-24 - 2016-07-26

    Water, one of the most indispensible resources for human beings, has been depicted in many artistic forms throughout history. This exhibition presents paintings, Noh costumes, tea ware, and other works...More »

  • poster for Masterpieces from Biwako-Bunkakan, the Museum of Shiga Prefecture: Paintings, Calligraphy and Ceramics Related to Hikone

    Masterpieces from Biwako-Bunkakan, the Museum of Shiga Prefecture: Paintings, Calligraphy and Ceramics Related to Hikone

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2016-05-20 - 2016-06-21

    The Biwako-Bunkakan museum presents treasures including the works of renowned Hikone-born calligrapher Meikaku Kusakabe, the paintings of Gesho Cho (another artist from Hikone), and calligraphy, paintings,...More »

  • poster for Yachiyo’s Hina Display and Bridal Trousseau

    Yachiyo’s Hina Display and Bridal Trousseau

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2016-02-05 - 2016-03-08

    Presenting 85 hina dolls owned by the Hikone ruler Naosuke Ii’s daughter Yachiyo, along with miniature household furnishings and toiletry accessories for her Girls’ Festival display and items from her...More »

  • poster for Ten no Biroku – The Art of Sake

    Ten no Biroku – The Art of Sake

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2016-01-01 - 2016-02-02

    “Ten no Biroku” is a phrase referring to sake (Japanese liquor) as a gift of gratitude from the heavens. Experience the rich world of sake seen in paintings and poetry depicting banquets, as well as in...More »

  • Naosuke Ii’s Armour and Swords

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-11-27 - 2015-12-23

    On display are the arms and armor of Naosuke Ii.More »

  • poster for Naosuke Ii the Scholar

    Naosuke Ii the Scholar

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    • Media: Graphics - Crafts
    • 2015-10-23 - 2015-11-24

    In addition to being a warrior, daimyo Naosuke Ii was a scholar of Zen Buddhism, national history and culture, waka poetry, military studies, and the arts. This exhibition in the “Spirit of Naosuke” series...More »

  • poster for The Phenomenal Life of Tea Master Naosuke Ii

    The Phenomenal Life of Tea Master Naosuke Ii

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-09-18 - 2015-10-20

    Naosuke Ii (1815–1860), the 13th Hikone daimyo, was known as a master of the tea ceremony in addition to playing an important role in the politics of the late-Edo period. This exhibition marking the 200th...More »

  • poster for Kendo Onjo Exhibition

    Kendo Onjo Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2015-08-21 - 2015-09-15

    Photography, paintings, calligraphy, and other documents related to the life of the gun warrior Kendo Onjo. More »

  • poster for The Words of Ii Naosuke

    The Words of Ii Naosuke

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2015-07-10 - 2015-08-18

    Visitors can gain a greater understanding of the character of Ii Naosuke, a daimyo of Hikone and Tairo of Tokugawa Shogunate, through the words he wrote. An exhibition of ancient letters and important...More »

  • poster for Red Armor of Ii Exhibition

    Red Armor of Ii Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-06-01 - 2015-07-07

    In the Edo period, suits of armor, swords, trappings, bows and other arms were manufactured with the utmost skill and craftsmanship – as they were the most important possessions of the military class which...More »

  • poster for Siege of Osaka 400-Year “Summer Campaign of the Seige of Osaka” Exhibition

    Siege of Osaka 400-Year “Summer Campaign of the Seige of Osaka” Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-06-01 - 2015-07-07

    In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Siege of Osaka, a series of battles undertaken by the Tokugawa shogunate against the Toyotomi clan, which ultimately ended in the clan’s destruction, this...More »

  • poster for The Samurai’s Celebration - Hikone Domain

    The Samurai’s Celebration - Hikone Domain

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    • 2014-08-29 - 2014-09-30

    In the Hikone Domain (feudal domain of Japan during the Edo period) celebratory events took place on happy occasions such as the new year and the entry of a new feudal lord. The celebrations conducted...More »

  • poster for The Armor of Hikone Warriors

    The Armor of Hikone Warriors

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2014-07-25 - 2014-08-26

    The Ii family of the Hikone Domain was known for its vermillion-colored armor. This exhibition presents several examples of these unique samurai costumes, including some on public display for the first...More »

  • Naosuke Discovery! Naosuke Ii and the Soshu Guard

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-03-07 - 2014-04-08

    At the end of the Edo era, the Hikone fiefdom was ordered to defend the Sagami coast against foreign ships. This exhibition introduces the strategies used by daimyo Naosuke Ii and the Soshu guards over...More »

  • “Dolls and Ornaments for the Girl’s Festival” Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-01-31 - 2014-03-04

    This annual exhibition presents the dolls and ornaments for the Girl’s Festival owned by Yachiyo (1846-1927), daughter of Naosuke Ii, the 13th Daimyo (leader) of the Hikone Clan. These beautiful dolls...More »

  • Houmei and Red and Gold Kotoyaki Ware

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-01-01 - 2014-01-28

    Among the kotoyaki ceramics made in Hikone, the red and gold-painted pieces have a particular brilliance and charm. Works by Houmei and other expert kotoyaki painters are on display.More »

  • poster for “Hikone Castle - Towards Recognition as a World Heritage Site”

    “Hikone Castle - Towards Recognition as a World Heritage Site”

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    • Media: Illustration - Graphics
    • 2013-10-25 - 2013-11-26

    Examining the construction of Hikone Castle under the Tenkabushin system of Tokugawa Ieyasu and its position in the history of castle building in the early modern period. [Related Event] Gallery Talk Date:...More »

  • poster for Omi Province and Noh: Sacred Sites, Famous Monuments and Tales

    Omi Province and Noh: Sacred Sites, Famous Monuments and Tales

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-09-20 - 2013-10-22

    能には、近江を舞台とするものが多くあります。その中から、人々の信仰を集めた霊場であり、名所である寺社を舞台とした、三井寺、竹生島、白鬚を取り上げ、近江と能の関わりについて紹介します。 [画像: 桃田柳栄「近江八景画巻」1巻 江戸時代 貞享元年(1684)紙本墨画淡彩 36.3×420.0cm 大津市歴史博物館蔵] More »

  • The Tale of Genji and the Tale of the Heike

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2013-08-23 - 2013-09-17

    An exhibition exploring two of Japan’s classic pieces of literature from the medieval period featuring assosiciated works of art and craft.More »

  • Gifts of Weaponry from the Shogun and the Emperor

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2013-07-20 - 2013-08-20

    In Japanese history, weapons have had significance both on and off the battlefield. Even during the Edo Period, a long period of peace in Japan, weapons remained important as offerings to Gods, and as...More »

  • New Collection - Kiyozaemon Kimata, the Senior Retainer of Hikone

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    • 2013-06-07 - 2013-07-09

    Exhibition of the letters and documents of the long-serving retainer Kiyozaemon Kimata of the former Hikone Domain, that will be shown to the public for the first time. The exhibition gives an insight...More »

  • "Archery - The Arms Heritage of Ito" Exhibition

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    • 2008-06-27 - 2008-07-23

    The foremost technique that warriors had to study was archery. This exhibition will introduce many bows and tools handed down by the daimyo lord Ito.More »

  • "Towards Naosuke Ii" Exhibition

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    • 2008-05-23 - 2008-06-24

    The exhibition will introduce the world of Naosuke Ii and his rank of Tairo through his personal and revealing letters, as well as many items connected with the leader.More »

  • "National Treasure Hikone Folding Screens" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-04-18 - 2008-05-20

    Early modern folk painting masterpieces and the Hikone folding screens will be on public display.More »

  • "The Beauty of Cherry Blossoms" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-03-14 - 2008-04-15
  • poster for "Dolls and Ornaments for the Girl's Festival" Exhibition

    "Dolls and Ornaments for the Girl's Festival" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts
    • 2008-02-08 - 2008-03-11

    Hikone Castle Museum has possessed dolls and ornaments for the Girl's Festival owned by Yachiyo (1846-1927), daughter of Naosuke Ii, the 13th Daimyo (leader) of the Hikone Clan. In the Edo period, the...More »

  • poster for "Treasures of Taga Shrine" Exhibition

    "Treasures of Taga Shrine" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Crafts
    • 2008-01-01 - 2008-02-05

    The Taga shrine has been adored as the God of longevity. Although the architecture has changed throughout the years, the liveliness of worshippers still remains strong. This exhibition features various...More »

  • poster for "Daimyo's Garnitures: Coloring Life" Exhibition

    "Daimyo's Garnitures: Coloring Life" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts
    • 2007-11-29 - 2007-12-22

    Various rituals took place during a Daimyo (feudal lord)'s life in the Edo period. Garnitures for these rituals added gorgeousness and symbolized prestige. They were used on a daily basis as well to show...More »

  • poster for "Yugen: Noh Masks and Costumes From the Ii Family" Exhibition

    "Yugen: Noh Masks and Costumes From the Ii Family" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2007-08-25 - 2007-09-27

    Noh, a traditional Japanese entertainment that is composed of songs and dances, has a history of more than 600 years. The performers adorn themselves with specially made masks and costumes; masks are created...More »

  • poster for "Once in a Lifetime: Naosuke Ii's Tea Ceremonies" Exhibition

    "Once in a Lifetime: Naosuke Ii's Tea Ceremonies" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics - Prints - Crafts
    • 2007-07-21 - 2007-08-24

    Naosuke Ii (1815-1860), the 13th leader of the Hikone Han, is well known for making the decision to end Japan's isolationist policy, but also as a tea ceremony master who engaged in many important ceremonies....More »

  • poster for "National Treasures: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Hikone Castle" Exhibition

    "National Treasures: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Hikone Castle" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2007-03-21 - 2007-11-25

    The exhibition is a two part series featuring, "Hyakka Ryoran (the blooming of many flowers)- Hikone History Scroll Paintings," and "Getting to know the authentic masterpieces". The first exhibition, "Hyakka...More »

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