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The Elegance and Tradition of a Japanese Samurai Family

Published: April 11, 2019; 15:11 · (Vindobona)

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Austrian relations, the World Museum Vienna is dedicating an exhibition to the prominent Hosokawa Samura family.

能面 小面; Nō Mask, Ko-omote; Japan, Edo period (1600–1868), 18th cent. Ink and colours on wood; H 21.2 cm, W 13.3 cm; Eisei Bunko Museum (永青文庫), Tōkyō Inv. no. 6513 / Picture: © Weltmuseum Wien / Eisei Bunko Museum, Tōkyō

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation concluded between the two monarchies Japan and Austria-Hungary in 1869, Weltmuseum Wien is showing a new exhibition from the renowned collection of the daimyō family Hosokawa.

The members of this elite clan of samurai warriors had served the shogun since the Muromachi…

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