Outline of Exhibition

20 Years of Traditional Japanese Morning Glories

The first Special Exhibition of Traditional Japanese Morning Glories at the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life was held in 1999. In the wake of the success of this Traditional Japanese Morning Glories exhibition, Seasonal Exhibitions are held four times every year. This year we will hold an event under the theme of ‘20 Years of Traditional Japanese Morning Glories’ in commemoration of its 20th anniversary.

This event includes a Special Exhibition at the Botanical Garden and a Featured Exhibition in Gallery 3 of the main building, as well as the 111th Rekihaku Forum, 20 Years of Traditional Japanese Morning Glories, in the Auditorium of the main building. We hope you will enjoy viewing and learning about all the fascinating varieties of morning glories this summer.

 

Period Jul 30 (Tue), 2019- Sep 8 (Sun), 2019
Venue Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, National Museum of Japanese History
Admissions ¥100
Groups of 20 or more: ¥50 per person
* Free admission for children high school age and younger
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. 12 to Sunday Aug. 18, 2019.
* Viewing is best in the early morning due to the special way in which the morning glory bloom.
Closed Aug. 5 (Mon) , 19 (Mon) ,26 (Mon), and Sep.2 (Mon)
*The exhibition is opened on Aug. 12
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Special Exhibition at the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life: 20 Years of Traditional Japanese Morning Glories

This year’s theme is New Morning Glories. We chose a special theme for the re-launch of this exhibition as it reaches its 20th anniversary. We lay out the history of new morning glory varieties that have appeared from the Edo to the Heisei periods using panels to illustrate newly-discovered mutant strains: contorted-petalless, light yellowish green, and club-shaped types.

Featured Exhibition: Traditional Japanese Morning Glories

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Special Exhibition at the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, this year we will display illustrated books, gardening books, and arts and crafts related to morning glories in Early Modern Japan Viewed from the Perspective of Goods in Gallery 3, which are selected from the museum’s collection, and will showcase subcultures associated with morning glories in the early and late modern period.

More info (Japanese page)

The 111th Rekihaku Forum: 20 years of Traditional Japanese Morning Glories

The lecture on morning glories covers the shapes and colors of morning glories from the botanical aspect, the planning background to the exhibition from the perspective of Traditional Morning Glories, and books and ukiyoe related to morning glories from the historical angle. You are invited to attend the lecture after viewing the real morning glories in the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life.

More info (Japanese page)

 

Green delicate leaves, black pigeon cut crisscrossed flower
Yellow cicada leaves, chestnut brown, fully open, large-blossomed flower (Danjuro)
The leaves are yellow cicada leaves, and the flower is of a brown color also called kaki (persimmon). It is named Danjuro because the color is Ichikawa Danjuro’s favorite.
Yellow variegated, cicada leaves, green axis, red in white, flecked, multicolored, fully open, large-blossomed flower (Genpei)
Green contracted, knitted leaf, contracted Lilliputian, reddish gray, fully open flower
The leaves are very firm and dark green like a cactus. The strain grows very slowly and only up to around 20 cm.