In early September, Japan will celebrate hassaku, a centuries-old festival that encourages a bountiful harvest. It also commemorates the famous shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, who in 1590 on hassaku entered Edo Castle for the first time. As the Tokugawa clan gained power and peace settled over Japan, the festival grew in importance.
Japan’s samurai culture is on our minds these days, so we decided to take a closer look at some intriguing details in this beautiful painting of the ancient capital of Kyoto from around the turn of the 17th century. At center, fourth panel from the left, there’s a major architectural complex with some pretty amazing historical significance.