An art exhibition on Tokugawa Ieyasu

The Hamamatsu art museum is holding an art exhibition on “Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hamamatsu” until tomorrow. My son had been interested in the exhibit because he likes Japanese history. We visited it today.

I think the museum is small considering the city population of 800-thousand. Though I’ve been to it several times at varieties of exhibits, I’ve never seen such a packed condition. Visitors waited in a long line out of the gate to obtain a ticket.

Tokugawa Ieyasu was the lord of Hamamatsu for 17 years from 29 years old to 45. During the period, it was said to he fought many opponents and built the basis of latter Tokugawa era. Therefore, the Hamamatsu castle is called as “the castle of success.”

The exhibits were divided by three themes of 1. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the winner in the Warring States period, 2. Ieyasu and his children related to Hamamatsu and 3. Hidetada, the second Shogun born in Hamamatsu. There were precious arts, calligraphies, armors, swords and so on. I wasn’t able to see them carefully because of the crowd.

A few pictures drawing famous battles with brilliant color were great. I was attracted by swords some of which were designated as national important properties. A hot-water bottle of a dog shape was cute.

I was surprised to see these many people come to the exhibition. It’s a good thing for the city and the museum.