Edo Castle: The Glittering World of the Shogun’s Court – 24th April 2023

We welcomed author Lesley Downer to Edinburgh to talk to us about the Glittering World of the Shogun’s Court at Edo Castle. The live and zoom audience were treated to a journey through the location, perimeters, outer and inner sanctums of the extensive castle complex and meeting the courtiers and workings of this most mysterious and magical world. Lesley illustrated her story through a series of wonderful Japanese woodblock prints showing grand and colourful processions ending in the women’s only accommodation where the only male visitor was the Shogun. After her talk we offered Japanese hospitality at a local restaurant and a trip to the Edinburgh-Kyoto Friendship Garden the following day to view the lovely Sakura. Very surprisingly we bumped into another garden visitor who knew Lesley’s work on Japanese cooking and had a friend in common. Thank you, Lesley, for a splendid evening.

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