Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Primroses


Traditional Primroses

Since FY 2002, the National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku) has held displays of Japanese primroses in its special program on "Traditional Primroses" in the Museum's Botanical Garden of Everyday Life. The term "traditional primroses" refers to the series of primroses comprising many varieties that was cultivated starting in the middle of the Edo period from the selection of unusual plants growing in the wild. This huge variety of primroses includes flowers with coloring ranging from red to white and petal shapes ranging from flat to fist-shaped. In 2003, we diversified our method of display thanks to the donation of a tiered display stand, and will recreate this traditional method of appreciation again this year. The display will also feature recently cultivated double primroses collected by Rekihaku in 2007. Each panel will provide information on the periods when that variety was cultivated. A corner of the exhibition will feature primroses cultivated by Mr. Chojiro Nakamura and Mr. Tetsunosuke Ozaki, both prominent cultivators of Japanese morning glories.

Period April 15 (Tue) - May 6 (Tue, public holiday), 2008
Venue Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, National Museum of Japanese History
Admissions General (high school age on up): ¥100
Groups of 20 or more: ¥50 per person
* Free admission for children junior high school age and younger
* Free admission for disabled persons and their caregivers upon presentation of a physical disability certificate
* Free admission to high school students every Saturday
Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no entrance after 4:00 p.m.)
Closed April 21 (Mon)
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

Each variety of primrose will be displayed in two pots, each containing four specimens. We plan to locate the displays on the tiered primrose display stand, around the Azuma-ya, in two greenhouses, and in the Yoshizu exhibition hall. Varieties cultivated during the Edo period will be on display on the tiered primrose display stand and varieties with many buds will also be grown in planters.


Tiered primrose display stand (inside)
A restored tiered primrose display stand dating from the end of the Edo period. A colorful assortment of primroses will be displayed in 33 to 36 pots.


Wild variety: Tajima-beni


Late Edo period variety. Flowers are pale peach on the inside and dark peach on the outside


Aki no Yosoi
Late Edo period variety. Cherry blossom type flowers with thick, firm petals


Fuji no Sato
Variety released by Tetsunosuke Ozaki in 1982


Momo no Mai
Recently cultivated double primrose


Note: Please note that items in the exhibition are subject to change.