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Telling the story of 400 years of British royal contact with Japan

Presenting Japan: Courts and Culture

Japan: Courts and Culture book cover

A preview inside Japan: Courts and Culture ©

Learn more about some of the objects from this beautiful catalogue in this series of short films.

Find out about the Samurai armour given to James I in 1613; a beautiful embroidered folding silk screen detailing some of the most distinctive birds and flowers from Japan, which was presented to King Edward VII on the occasion of his Coronation in 1902; a woodcut print of Buckingham Palace at dusk created by the Japanese artist Yoshio Markino and presented by him to Queen Mary; a dagger with solid gold cherry blossom fittings and a blade dating from the fifteenth century; and a Japanese porcelain jar, owned by Queen Victoria and decorated with a resplendent gold peacock against a river landscape.

Introducing the book ©

Samurai armour ©

Embroidered folding screen ©

Woodcut print of Buckingham Palace ©

Dagger ©

Porcelain jars ©

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