Outline of Exhibition

Japanese morning glory From Seedling to Flowering 2002
黄桔梗渦枝垂淡紅細覆輪桔梗咲(8月24日) 系統番号506 黄尾長立田葉紅筒白切咲 7月28日 青渦葉鮮紅色丸咲(8月31日) 青桔梗葉水色桔梗咲八重(8月31日) 青笹葉淡桃切咲牡丹(8月6日) 黄渦丸葉紅牡丹(8月6日) 青笹葉淡桃切咲牡丹(8月6日) 青笹柳葉采咲牡丹(8月24日)
系統番号597 青渦蝙蝠南天葉淡青地藤紫吹雪筒八重咲 7月22日 黄爪竜葉風鈴獅子咲牡丹(8月6日) 黄縮緬葉瑠璃色総鳥甲吹上台咲牡丹(8月7日) 青斑入渦蜻蛉葉白地赤吹掛絞星咲(8月24日) 青爪竜葉瑠璃色筒白総風鈴獅子咲牡丹(8月24日) 青糸柳葉藤紫色采咲牡丹(9月7日) 青糸柳極淡藤色撫子采咲(9月7日) 青渦柳葉江戸紫采咲牡丹(8月5日)
Dates: Tuesday, August 6 through Sunday, August 25, 2002
Venue: The Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, The National Museum of Japanese History
Admission: Included in general admission fee
Hours: Regular admission hours, 9:30 - 16:30 (visitors admitted into Garden no later than 16:00)

The culture of Japanese morning glory cultivation of the late Edo period is unique in world horticultural history, with the creation and maintenance of a vast number of mutant morning glory strains. This tradition has been passed down through the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods, leaving a distinct imprint in the cultures of each era. Since mediaeval times, Japan has been one of the world's largest horticultural centers and the morning glory ("asagao") has traditionally been one of the main species to be cultivated in this country. Shedding light on this unique tradition, therefore, should inspire new understanding of the characteristics of Japanese life and culture, as well as of technological advancement in Japan.

Since 1999 the National Museum of Japanese History has collected morning glory strains, including those which have just barely been maintained since the Edo period. Every year since then, the Museum has held the special exhibition, "Japanese Morning Glory - The Tradition". With the exception of a few genetic research centers, the National Museum of Japanese History is the only facility in existence today that collects and maintains these strains. The Museum, therefore, bears the responsibility of organizing continuous exhibitions which will serve to promote deeper and better understanding of Japanese culture and cultural history.

This year's exhibit brings together the various strains collected and maintained to date, emphasizing the historical timeline of those strains and families of morning glory which have been the focus of popularity from the late Edo period up to the present. The exhibit will feature mutant masaki and demono strains cultivated since the late Edo period, as well as a family of masaki plants, the "Tairin Asagao", cultivated since the Meiji and Taisho periods. Western varieties of morning glory, cultivated mostly in Europe, will also be on display to provide a comparison to their Japanese counterparts in the corresponding periods