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400th Anniversary Commemorative Links

Here is a list of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The events will take place through 2004; new events and links will be added as information comes available, so please visit often! Scroll down to view the whole page, or click on the name of a month to see events for that month. Now through March 31, 2004: Exhibition: Images from the life of Iemitsu Tokugawa, the third Tokugawa Shogun, one of the strongest progenitors of Edo Culture -- at Taiyu-in sub-temple of Rinno Buddhist Temple in Nikko, 81 miles northeast of Tokyo. www.rinnoji.or.jp/index3.html (Japanese only) April 11-May 25: Opening Exhibition of the New Roppongi Hills Building Complex. www.mori.co.jp/business/roppongi/en_index.html April 11-May 25: Edo Tokyo Museum's (www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/museum-e/guide.htm) special exhibition "Miyamoto Musashi," related to the NHK Taiga Drama about this Samurai-class Kendo Master turned Painter. www.samurai.com/5rings/transintro/japan.html www.samurai-archives.com/musashi.html April 25-September 21: Taito Ward Calligraphy Museum's special exhibition, "The Art of Edo". www.city.taito.tokyo.jp/taito-co/english/info/kouhoue.html May 1-June 29: Edo 400th Anniversary Kimono Exhibition, "The Beauty of Edo" in locations throughout Japan. May 8-15: Kanda Matsuri (traditional festival) at Tokyo's Kanda Shrine. japan.chez.tiscali.fr/Th-Index/E-Th-Kanda.htm May 17, 18, 24, 25: Tokyo Minato Matsuri at Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal in Tokyo Bay (one subway stop from Tsukiji Fish Market). May 18: Tokyo City Road Race 2003. Five thousand runners and wheelchair participants will race from Hibiya Park to Yoyogi Park's National Stadium. May 19-June 29: Chuo Ward Historical Sites Exhibition at the Tsukiji Folk Museum. June: Classical Performing Arts Shows -- Locations and Exact Dates TBA. July: Summer in Tokyo Music Festival -- Locations and Exact Dates TBA. July 19-August 31: Tokugawa Shogunate Exhibition at the Edo Tokyo Museum. http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/museum-e/guide.htm August 2-October 26: Exhibition: "Views of the Modern City of Tokyo" at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/index-e.html August 29-November 8: Edo Culture Hands-on Learning at Chiyoda Ward Public Hall. September: Meiji-za Special Commemorative Entertainment, "The Nihonbashi Story" -- Exact Date and Location TBA. Fall: Great Edo and Little Edo Crafts Exhibit -- Locations TBA. Fall: Edo 400th Anniversary Historical Sites Walking Tour -- Locations TBA. Fall: Edo 400th Anniversary Tsukiji Market Festival -- Exact Date TBA. September 6, 7: Great Edo Dance Festival "OH! E-DO 2003" at Tomin Hiroba Plaza, outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. September: Edo 400th Anniversary Earthquake Disaster Recovery Symposium in the Conference Room of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku - Exact Date TBA. September 17-28: Hachioji Fabric Exhibition at Hachiouji College Community Center. October: Edo Tokyo Historical Picture Scroll Parade in the Nihombashi, Ginza District - Exact Date and Location TBA. October 1-November 16: Asakusa Deep Mountain Views & Commemorative Kabuki Theater -- Location TBA. October 1: Edo Mikoshi Tournament, Around Tokyo's historic Asakusa District. October 12-November 20: "Samurai" Photo Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. www.ipm.jp/ipmj/gui/tokyo-e.html October 31-November 3: Edo Dietary Culture 400th Anniversary Festival in the Square in front of the Harumi Triton Building (one subway stop from Tsukiji Fish Market). November 3: Tokyo Historical Parade -- Location TBA. November 3: Edo 400th Anniversary "Shinsengumi Exhibition" within the Hino City area. November 7-9: Biggest-Ever Great Edo Shopping Mall Festival at Tomin Hiroba Plaza, outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. November 22-24: Edo Shogun Festival in Hibiya Park. November 29-January 18, 2004: Hiraga Gennai Exhibition at the Edo Tokyo Museum. www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/museum-e/guide.htm December: Edo Renaissance Conference at Ginza Blossom in Chuo Hall - Exact Date TBA. December 24-January 1, 2004: Tokyo Millenario at Tokyo Station and Tokyo's Marunouchi area. www.tcvb.or.jp/en/hot/sizzling/0112/sizzling_12b.html

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