The Prestige Portrayed - Nikko Toshogu Shrine Festivals and the Shogun's Pilgrimage
The exhibition examines the picture maps and scrolls illustrating the Tokugawa Shogun's stately visits to Toshogu Shrine and the festivals there during the Edo period (from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries).
Toshogu, where the first Edo Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu was enshrined, is one of the historical and religious sites in Nikko City, about 140km north of Tokyo. Its magnificence and beauty is such that the shrine and the other two temples have been designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, as the famous phrase "Never say Kekko (excellent) without seeing Nikko." puts it.
The Tokugawa shogunate made as many as 17 visits to Toshogu Shrine not only to pay homage to Ieyasu but also to show its own prestige and power. The exhibits perfectly retain the original color and elaborately depict how these pilgrimages from Edo to Nikko were carried out.