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Meet the Unifier of Japan at the Royal Armouries this June

Friday, 31 May 2019

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616)

On the 22 and 23 June the Royal Armouries in Leeds is continuing its ‘Monarchs’ summer season of events by exploring the story of Japan’s most remarkable ruler, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

The special weekend will give visitors an opportunity to meet the ‘Unifier of Japan’ alongside his courtier, the explorer Will Adams, the first Englishman to reach Japan.

Visitors to the event can watch thrilling martial arts demonstrations, enjoy talks comparing Eastern and Western arms and armour, see live performances and tours, have-a-go at crafts and little ones can even join Samurai School.

Tokugawa ruled Japan between 1603 –1605 and was the founder of the first Shogun, therefore unifying the country. Following his death Tokugawa was named a god for his importance in bringing together Japan. His rule coincided with the early reign of King James I in England and the two rulers often exchanged letters and lavish gifts with one another.

The Royal Armouries cares for a number of remarkable objects from Japan, including samurai armours, katana swords and a number of pieces from the time of Tokugawa’s rule.

Commenting on the upcoming events, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager said: “Our Monarchs season of events aims to explore the stories of remarkable rulers from around the world and through the centuries. Here in Leeds we have a really unique collection of arms and armour from Japan, with a number of objects relating to Tokugawa. The weekend will be a great day out for all of the family, with lots of action-packed demonstrations, have-a-go sessions and a chance to learn more about Japanese traditions and culture.”

The event is free to attend; the museum is open 10 am – 5 pm daily.

For more information on upcoming events in the Monarchs season, visit our website. 

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.