The Tokugawa were the famous shogun dynasty that ruled Japan for over two hundred years in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). One of the branches of the dynasty, Owari Tokugawa, had their stronghold right here in Aichi Prefecture. Some of the treasures of Japan’s warrior past are exhibited at Tokugawa Art Museum, and this is where we went for our second Culture Practicum in Spring. After a lecture on Japanese swords (katana) and firearms used in the 17th century (matchlocks), we got to see their replicas up close and played kaiawase – favorite pastime for Japan’s courtiers. We spent the second part of our excursion admiring the original artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls and strolled around the beautiful gardens adjacent to the museum.