Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Japanese Morning Glories

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Japanese Morning Glory

The morning glory (Asagao) has been cherished in Japan since ancient times. Japan experienced a number of morning glory booms, particularly in the latter part of the Edo period during the Bunka and Bunsei eras (1804-1830) and the Kaei and Ansei eras (1848-1860) and the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868-1926), when breeders enjoyed creating diverse new leaves and flowers. These flowers are known as "mutant morning glories," and today there remain many booklets, illustrated materials, cultivation books, etc. that go by the generic title "Genealogy of the Morning Glory" where such morning glories are described. The morning glory is an annual plant, and we now know that in those days mutant morning glory strains were maintained by adopting an advanced method of cultivation, which in terms of present-day genetics is cultivation using the selection of mutations. Unfortunately, however, from the Meiji period these mutant strains were overshadowed by large-blossomed morning glories. Although not very well known today, some of these earlier specimens have survived thanks to the efforts of a small number of enthusiastic growers.

The National Museum of Japanese History has exhibited these living historical resources in order to make the "traditional Japanese morning glory" cultivated using original techniques and knowledge more widely known among the general public. With very few institutions in Japan exhibiting mutant morning glories, members of the public and other botanical gardens have considerable expectations for the activities of the Museum's Botanical Garden of Everyday Life. The Museum has also collected historical materials concerning "mutant morning glories."

In addition to the special program exhibiting living morning glories at the Botanical Garden, the feature exhibition "Traditional Japanese Morning Glories" will be held in Gallery 3 (Early Modern Period) to display the historical materials.

Period Aug. 3 (Tue) - Aug. 29 (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.)
* The Garden will open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday Aug. 12 to Wednesday Aug. 18, 2010.
* Viewing is best in the early morning due to the special way in which the morning glory bloom.
Closed Aug. 9 (Mon), and 23 (Mon)
*The exhibition is opened on Aug. 16.
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

Mutant morning glories bred and grown at the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life will be on display in pots and planters in the Garden's Azuma-ya, three greenhouses, two rooms of the Yoshizu exhibition, and on racks out in a field. Varieties on display will include 39 masaki strains, 18 demono strains, and 26 large-blossomed strains, which include mutants such as apetalous morning glories and flowers with abnormally growing tips which were discovered by the Museum. We are also planning to exhibit eight closely related species of morning glory from Europe, Asia and other regions. In addition, there will be a section featuring how to appreciate morning glories and the appreciation criteria ("Hanagei (performance of flowers)" and "Hagei (performance of leaves)".

Yellow, cicada leaf, chestnut brown, fully-open, large-blossomed flower (Danjuro)

Yellow, cicada leaf, chestnut brown, fully-open, large-blossomed flower
(Danjuro)

Yellow, filamentous willow, maple leaf, fine-split, delicate flower (single-blossomed demono strain)

Yellow, filamentous willow, maple leaf, fine-split, delicate flower
(single-blossomed demono strain)

(Left) Demono strain, Yellow, flying dragon leaves, (Right) Parental strain, Yellowish, normal leaves

(Left) Demono strain, Yellow, flying dragon leaves,
(Right) Parental strain, Yellowish, normal leaves

Green, normal leaves, apetalous, duplicate flower

Green, normal leaves, apetalous, duplicate flower

Yellow, filamentous willow, maple leaf, fine-split, delicate, duplicate flower (peony-flowered demono strain)

Yellow, filamentous willow, maple leaf, fine-split, delicate, duplicate flower
(peony-flowered demono strain)

Yellow mutable, hoe-shaped leaves, purple in white, flecked, round flower (multicolored)

Yellow mutable, hoe-shaped leaves, purple in white, flecked, round flower
(multicolored)

   

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