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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:13 am    Post subject: 1910 Taitokuin Mausoleum model to return to Japan Reply with quote
A 1:10 scale model of Tokugawa Hidetada's Taitokuin Mausoleum was shown at the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition in London. The real mausoleum was then destroyed in 1945. The model then remained in storage in England, where it was unseen by the public (and, I think, even by scholars?) for about 80 years, until Prof. William Coaldrake came upon it in 1996. Since 2013, he has been working to get the model lent back to Japan.

Now, it will be put on display at Zôjô-ji (near Shiba Daimon, Tokyo) beginning on April 2, in a new exhibition hall built in honor of the 400th anniversary of Ieyasu's death.

A few news posts online about it: http://artdaily.com/news/76267/Magnificent-1-10-scale-model-of-lost-Japanese-architectural-treasure-returns-to-Tokyo#.VNZSwy5vBt2

http://artdaily.com/news/76267/Magnificent-1-10-scale-model-of-lost-Japanese-architectural-treasure-returns-to-Tokyo#.VNZSwy5vBt2

You can read more about the Taitokuin Mausoleum, and the model, in:

*William Coaldrake, Architecture and Authority in Japan (1996) (chapter 7).
*Orientations vol. 37 No. 4 (May 2006): 34-40
*“Beyond Mimesis: Japanese Architectural Models at the Vienna Exhibition and 1910 Japan British Exhibition,” in Rupert Cox (ed.), The Culture of Copying in Japan: Critical and Historical Approaches, 2008: 199-212;
*“Architectural Antiquarianism, Japanese Models, and the Construction of a Modern Empire at the 1873 Vienna and 1910 Japan-British Exhibitions,” in Elizabeth Lillehoj (ed.), Archaism and Antiquarianism in Korean and Japanese Art, 2013: 210-27.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've been reminded to point out that April, 2015 is in fact not the 400th anniversary of Ieyasu's death, as he died in 1616/4, which actually corresponds to June.

So, April 2015, the opening of the exhibition of the Taitokuin Mausoleum model, only corresponds if you (a) count the year of his death as the 1st year rather than the zero-th year, and (b) neglect to account for the shift from lunar months to the solar calendar.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Apr. 17, 2015 is probably the traditional death-anniversary date rather than the historians' 400 year date.
The commemoration the year after a death is called the "1st year," but the next one is "3rd year" and it goes on from there. So 2015 would be the 400th death anniversary by that count. (But this is for death commemorations, not other events. This year was the 20th year after the Kobe Earthquake (1995) and the 70th after the end of the war.)

As for using the lunar date numbers as-is for death anniversaries, that is probably normal. See the Dec. 9 post here: http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?p=66560 If you did want to use the lunar date, though, you would have to choose between using the Gregorian date that Ieyasu died on (June 1, 1616) +399 years, or 6/1 on the current lunar calendar, i.e., June 3, 2015. (But the death commemorations of emperors were officially changed to the corresponding Gregorian date at the time they died.)

There is also a special Sekigahara exhibition in the Edo-Tokyo Museum in connection with the anniversary.
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