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Entering the Halls of the Chiyoda Palace


Discover the little known story of the shoguns’ women, who lived in seclusion within the women’s quarters of Edo castle for over two and a half centuries during the Tokugawa era. At the time, their existence was surrounded by great secrecy, and could not be described in any literary or artistic works.

Our exhibition features a series of antique woodblock prints dating to the Meiji period, portraying the life of the shogun’s women, illustrating a multitude of ancient Japanese customs and artistic pursuits, from seasonal celebrations, to flower viewing, to waka poetry and performing arts.

Come and gain interesting insights into Japanese history and customs, many of which remain part of contemporary Japanese culture.