The age of the Samurai begins in Vapriikki April 22nd. The exhibition Inrō – The Age of the Samurai puts on display the Japan of the Edo period; its life, culture and worldview at a time when the country was ruled by the Togukawa Shogunate.
Inrō is a small box, consisting of many compartments. Only men were allowed to carry them on their belts. The inrō was used for carrying, for example, medicine. At first, it was a status symbol only worn by the Samurai class, but it later became an item also used by the wealthy urban population. Inrō was a fashion item that reflected the wealth, personality, style and taste of its owner.
Inrō – The Age of the Samurai displays two hundred brilliant, previously unseen inrōs from Finnish private collections. These open an insight to the fascinatingly exotic Japan of the past.
INRŌ – The Age of the Samurai at Vapriikki 22 April 2010 – 9 January 2011