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Collection Exhibitions

Kagawa Past and Present ~The History and Culture of Kagawa~

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History Exhibition Overview

Introduce the history of Kagawa from the primitive to the modern and contemporary times in easily understandable ways with large-scale exhibits and videos. Also recreate buildings and scenery representing each time to appreciate the atmosphere of the time.

The Primitive Times


It introduces from the Old Stone Age (20,000 years ago) to the Yayoi period (17,000 years ago). A large-sized fossil tusk of Naumann Elephant, a restored forest space and pit-dwelling in the Jōmon period, earthenware and stone implements excavated from Kagawa Prefecture are exhibited.

The Ancient Times


It follows from the Kofun period to the Nara period when Sanuki was formed and the Heian period when Kūkai and Enchin took an active role. It shows the items related to Kūkai and earthenware, bronze mirror and so on which were excavated from an ancient tomb in Kagawa.

The Mediaeval Times


This was the arrival of the Samurai period symbolized by the battle of Genji and Taira. From the Kamakura and Muromachi periods to the age of civil wars when warlords held their stronghold, going through the battles and the culture which were created by Samurai, send your heart out to the Middle Ages of Kagawa.

The Early Modern Times


From the unification of Japan by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to the upheaval of the end of Edo period, this was the long period of peace and tranquility time. Due to the pilgrimage circuit of the 88 temples and religious belief in Konpira, Sanuki was flourished and the production of Sanukisanpaku (salt, cotton and sugar) was active. Introduce Kagawa of the Edo period with the indigenous religious culture and developed local industry suitable for climate and environment.

The Late Modern and Contemporary Times


The time when westernization arose and new culture flourished. Historical materials, such as the time Kagawa was formed in the Meiji period, wartime and the reproduction of the elementary school classroom based on the novelized story “Nijyushi no hitomi” (Twenty-Four-Eyes) in Shōdoshima and recreated house of postwar period are exhibited.