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- National Treasure Inuyama Castle
- Inuyama Festival
- Nagashino Battle Flag Festival
- Junihitoe Dressing show
- Beauty of Japanese sword
- Tokugawaen & Hosa library
- The Doll Festival of the Owari Tokugawa Family
- Osu Street Performing Festival
- Akibasan Fire Festival
Tokugawa Gosanke, also simply called Gosanke, refers to the following three families of the Tokugawa clan that were second in rank to the Tokugawa Shogunate Family. The Owari Tokugawa family was the highest ranked Gosanke. Tokugawaen was built on the plateau of the Nagoya Castle east in 1695 as a retreat of 2 th head of the Owari Tokugawa household Mitsutomo. Sites of those days are about 44 ha. It is said that 16 boats were floated on the pond in a garden. When Mitsutomo passed away,Tokugawaen was yielded to the important vassals of the Owari clan.
After Tokugawa shogunate collapsed in 1868, Tokugawaen was returned to the Owari Tokugawa family in 1889 at the middle of Meiji Era(1868-1912 ). Owari Tokugawa family had own till the beginning of Showa Era. Since the 19th generation head of a family Tokugawa Yoshichika presented residence and a garden to Nagoya City in 1931, it became possession of Nagoya City.
Tokugawa Art Museum(the old building) was built on the remaining portion in 1935. Hosa Library possesses the classic books which were excellent centering on the old collection of books of the Owari Tokugawa family. The management was transferred to Nagoya City and it was moved from Tokyo to Tokugawaen(Nagoya) in 1950.
Tokugawaen was burned down by war devastation during World War II. After the war, Aoi park was built as a place of recreation and relaxation for citizens, and the pool and the wedding hall were also built. Around 2000, superannuation of institutions become remarkable,the measure came to be demanded. Nagoya City furthered a plan to re-fix as "a base of samurai culture." Construction was advanced in accordance with 2005 Expo.
Since restoring completely in a limited area was impossible, only a daimyo garden would be built. The garden is style of garden that features a path around a pond, and expressed signs that a clear stream got down from a waterfall to a ravine, and reached the sea. The natural scene of Japan is condensed symbolically. OZONE waterfall is a magnificent waterfall and the rocks are constructed toward sky. Moreover, this waterfall is a mechanism in which a lot of water flows into a pond. The water which dropped off is pumped up and returns to the upper stream. RYUMON waterfall reproduced the waterfall located in the cottage of Edo(Tokyo). The rockwork of a waterfall which was discovered from under the ground of Waseda University by chance was used. The interesting mechanism is carried out to this waterfall. When the daimyo and vassal who visited the garden take a walk the yard and cross the stone pavement in front of a waterfall, a lot of water flows out suddenly. The samurai after a sequence had been soaked to the skin. It is told that the daimyos who crossed the stone pavement looked at this and laughed heartily.It is designed so that amount of water may increase periodically now.
In Tokugawaen, various flowers can be seen through the four seasons. The second half in April, about 1000 peonies bloom in a peony garden every year. White, red, peach color, and a yellow peony bloom one after another, and are calling the spectator's popularity.
The Tokugawa Art Museum is an art museum that collects over ten thousands and several thousands of items including mementos of Ieyasu Tokugawa as a main, art objects belonged to successive shogun and many lords. Starting with the National treasure, Genji MOnogatari Emaki, nine national treasures and 59 important cultural properties are exhibited. We strongly recommend it.
Hosa library, open to the public, holds superior classic Japanese and Chinese books centering on the former collection of the Owari Tokugawa family. The current collection consists of about 110,000 items and the library features the rich contents of these works. In addition to books, the Library keeps more than 2,000 pictorial images handed down in the Owari Tokugawa family, these range widely from old maps such as of the castle town of Nagoya to a world map as well as drawings of mansions,gardens, and others. Visitors can review the books in the collection and also enjoy exhibitions which introduce, in an easy-to-understand way, the samurai culture in the 17th-19th Centuries including its academic disciplines and the cultural accomplishments of the samurai class, together with articles once belonging to the feudal lords and now owned by the Tokugawa Art Museum. The Library also plans and holds lectures sponsored jointly with the Tokugawa Art Museum and the Tokugawaen.
(Hosa library HP)