Samurai exhibition and conference on Tokugawa Ieyasu in Durham, UK

Durham Oriental Museum

Japan gallery, Durham Oriental Museum

In the coming six months the Oriental Museum in Durham (UK) will present the culture of Japan’s warrior class: the samurai. The exhibition The Shogun’s Cultured Warriors opens on June 7 and it will run until 27 November 2016. It focuses on the role of samurai as patrons and producers of the arts.


Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu

The exhibition is organized to support the conference  400th Anniversary of the Death of the First Tokugawa Shogun: The Life and Legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu, which will be held at Durham University on 7  and 8 June.
It was in 1603 that Ieyasu (born 1543) became the first Tokugawa shogun and he died 400 years ago, in 1616. His descendants and the Tokugawa shogunate would remain in power for more than two and half centuries, until 1868.  During the conference Ieyasu’s legacy will be discussed by scholars of Japanese history, religion and material culture. For a complete program, visit the Durham University website.

The Oriental Museum in Durham was founded in 1950 and has a varied Japan collection, mostly dating to the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods. The collections holds textiles, works of armor, ceramics, prints, inro and netsuke and in recent years the collection is expanded with 20th and 21th century art objects as well.