Outline of Exhibition

Winter Flowers "Camellia Sasanqua"

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Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua, or "sasanka" as the species is commonly known in Japan, are shrubs that are native to Japan and join the camellia in being one of the few plants to brighten gardens in winter. As part of the Special Program "Traditional Plants of the Seasons," the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life has gathered and exhibited sasanqua since 2001. Sasanqua is classified according to four main categories: "Camellia sasanqua" that is almost indigenous, "Camellia X hiemalis" that is thought to be grown by a seed of Shishigashira or its progeny, "Camellia X vernalis" that is thought to be the natural hybrid between sasanqua and camellia or its progeny, and "Camellia obscura cv. Tagoto-no-Tsuki." They flower from mid October through to the following February in the above order of each group. All of these types have been selected from varieties grown by seed, a method of preserving and spreading varieties that is a major feature of horticulture in Japan.

The Botanical Garden of Everyday Life has focused attention on the relationship between people and sasanqua through two perspectives of genetic resources and cultural heritage, and has displayed the result of studies on living plants together with historical documents. This year's Special Program "Traditional Plants in Season" presents "Cultivation and Pleasure" as a common theme. In this Special Program "Winter Flowers ‘Camellia Sasanqua’" focuses on flower shapes, changes in flowers, naming flowers and the pleasure of flowers in pots. While the ranking list of sasanqua made in the modern period is exhibited, a popularity poll will be conducted in the site, and the result will be posted on a ranking list.

Period Dec 1 (Tue), 2009- Jan 31 (Sun), 2010
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 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.)
Closed Dec 7 (Mon), 14 (Mon), 21 (Mon),
Dec 27 (Sun), 2009- Jan 4 (Mon), 2010,
12 (Tue), 18 (Mon), and 25 (Mon)
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

The exhibition features 70 strains of Camellia sasanqua, 43 strains of Camellia X hiermalis, and 32 strains of Camellia X vernalis cultivated and raised by adding new collection to the varieties which donated to the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life in 2000. They are displayed in pots around the Azuma-ya and in greenhouses. Some are planted in permanent sites. Panels are also displayed to describe sasanqua's flower shapes, changes in flowers, naming flowers, and the pleasure of flowers in pots.

Camellia sasanqua (Inazuma)

Camellia sasanqua "Inazuma"

Camellia X hiemalis (Hatsuhikari)

Camellia X hiemalis "Hatsuhikari"

Camellia X vernalis (Rokkasen)

Camellia X vernalis "Rokkasen"

Wild sasanqua

Wild sasanqua

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