Tachibana Garden, the National Site of Scenic Beauty, is an important cultural institution that beautifully evokes the refined lifestyle of the feudal lords class of Japan's Edo period (1603 - 1867), formerly the home of Tachibana family load of Yanagawa clan. The estate still houses a splendid collection of antiques that have been passed down through successive generations of the Tachibana family, over a period of 400 years. In 1994, Tachibana Museum were opened to the public.
Portrait of TACHIBANA Muneshige (the first load of Yanagawa clan)
with inscription by Rankei Souei (the 152nd chief priest of Daitoku-ji temple)
hanging scroll, colour on silk, 1654
During the Sengoku period (1470 - 1568) Kyushu fell under the control of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. When Muneshige fought on Hideyoshi's side and led Otomo Bungo's advance guard to win a clinching battle, he was rewarded with Yanagawa to establish his domain and castle in. But Muneshige's alliance to Hideyoshi later lost him this domain when Hideyoshi's western army suffered a massive defeat in the famous battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Then, more than 20 years later, Muneshige Tachibana became lord of the castle again.
This traditional Japanese-style Shotoen garden, which translates as "rippling pine garden". Each of the approximately 280 pine trees is between 200 and 300 years old. The enormous stone in front of the Ohiroma grand hall was formerly a stone pedestal on Yanagawa's castle tower. Every year between October and April, over 500 wild ducks migrating for the season rest briefly in Shotoen's pond,
This museum displays a rich variety of items that convey the history of the Tachibana family: from a suit of armor that once belonged to family ancestor and first feudal lord of Yanagawa, Muneshige Tachibana, to gold and silver lacquer dispatch boxes, cosmetic utensils and Noh theater costumes. The museum also houses a collection of elaborate Edo period dolls, which were loved by successive generations of young Tachibana heiresses. Such a collection is rarely seen even in Japan. Exhibits are rotated throughout the different seasons.
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