Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Japanese Morning Glories
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Morning glories have been cherished by many people since ancient times. Japan has experienced morning glory booms time and again, particularly since the Edo Period, such as in the Bunka and Bunsei eras (1804 - 1830), Kaei and Ansei eras (1848 - 1860), and Meiji and Taisho eras (1868 - 1926). Each boom has resulted in the creation of new morning glory variations, with various changes and combinations made to leaves and flowers to be enjoyed. This practice – in modern genetics terms, discovering mutations and developing them into strains – was unique around the world, and great many varieties were produced at the end of the Edo Period. However, some of these unfortunately fell victim to the popularity of the glamorous, large-blossomed morning glories and died out before much could be widely known about them. Others were carefully conserved by the efforts of some hobbyists, although they were not cultivated widely, and have survived even to this day.

Since 1999, the National Museum of Japanese History has exhibited these traditional morning glories produced using the original knowledge and technologies accumulated since the Edo Period as historical resources in an effort to increase people’s awareness and to make them think about the relationship between people and plants.

This year’s theme is ‘Mutated Morning Glories Seen Overseas: Continued,’ a sequel to last year’s exhibition of mutated morning glories. We use panels to describe the mutated varieties of Japanese morning glory introduced overseas during the Meiji period (1868 - 1912) by the American author, geographer, photographer and traveler Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore; and by Umeko Tsuda, a founder of Tsuda University, who lived for many years in the United States, and her father Sen Tsuda, a Christian educator, writer, agronomist, seed and seedling dealer, who founded Gakunosha, an institution for publishing agricultural magazines and managing schools.

Period Aug 3 (Wed), 2022- Sep 4 (Sun), 2022
Venue Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, National Museum of Japanese History
Admissions ¥100
* Free admission for children junior high school age and younger
* Free admission for high school students every Saturday
Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no entrance after 4:00 p.m.)
* The Garden will open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday Aug. 15 to Sunday Aug. 21, 2022.
* Viewing is best in the early morning due to the special way in which the morning glory bloom.
Closed Aug.8 (Mon) ,22 (Mon), and 29 (Mon)
*The exhibition is opened on Aug. 15
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

●Mutant morning glories: 40 masaki strains, 25 demono strains
●About 25 strains of large-blossomed morning glories produced since the Meiji period
●About 10 strains closely related to morning glories, produced in Europe and North America 

A total of about 100 strains will be on display in some 700 pots.

松島鍬形葉白地紫時雨絞丸咲(咲分け) 黄蝉葉栗皮茶丸咲大輪(団十郎) 黄抱常葉紅覆輪丸咲牡丹
黄糸柳葉紅細切采咲牡丹 黄蝉葉栗皮茶丸咲大輪(団十郎) 青尾長立田葉淡青切咲
黄抱常葉紅覆輪丸咲牡丹 黄抱柳葉紅吹雪撫子采咲牡丹 青縮緬立田雨龍葉紫車咲
黄斑入蝉葉納戸時雨絞丸咲大輪(蝶々夫人) 黄握爪龍葉淡紅紫地紅紫車絞覆輪風鈴獅子咲牡丹 青林風尾長爪龍葉白管弁流星獅子咲牡丹