Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Japanese Morning Glories

The morning glory (Asagao) has been cherished in Japan since ancient times. Japan experienced a number of morning glory booms, particularly in and after the Edo period, during the Bunka, Bunsei and Tenpo eras (1804-1843), the Kaei and Ansei eras (1848-1860) and the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868-1926), when breeders enjoyed diverse changes and combinations of leaves and flowers. These flowers are known as "mutant morning glories." We now know that in those days, mutations in terms of present-day genetics were found and established as strains, which was a unique method of cultivation worldwide. Especially, around the end of the Edo period, a very large number of breeds were created. Unfortunately, however, some of them were overshadowed by large-blossomed morning glories and became extinct without being very well known. Although not widely cultivated, quite a number of strains have survived thanks to the efforts of some enthusiastic growers.

The National Museum of Japanese History has exhibited these morning glories as historical resources since 1999 in order to make the traditional Japanese morning glories, which have been cultivated using original techniques and knowledge from the Edo period, more widely known among the general public and to show the relationship between people and plants. This year’s program also has the same purpose as the previous programs. In this program, a panel exhibition will be held with sorting (selection) which is conducted for the purpose of maintaining the strains of mutant morning glories as the theme.

Period Aug. 2 (Tue) - Sep. 4 (Sun), 2011
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 Tuesday–Friday:
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (entrance closed at 3:30 p.m.) Saturday, Sunday, and National Holiday:
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (entrance closed at 4:00 p.m.) * The Garden will open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday Aug. 11 to Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011.
* Viewing is best in the early morning due to the special way in which the morning glory bloom.
Closed

Aug. 8 (Mon), 22 (Mon) , and 29 (Mon)
*The exhibition is opened on Aug. 15.

Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

Morning glories bred and grown at the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life will be on display in the Garden’s greenhouses, Azuma-ya and the Yoshizu exhibition hall.

  • Mutant morning glories: 44 masaki strains, 26 demono strains (including apetalous morning glories which were discovered by the Museum in 2005)
  • Large-blossomed morning glories after the Meiji Era: about 25 strains
  • Closely related species of morning glories from Europe, North America, Asia and other regions: about 10 strains

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

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

Green, contracted, bat-shaped, acuminate leaves, faint blue base/dark lilac, blizzard, tube double flower

Green, contracted, bat-shaped, acuminate leaves, faint blue base/dark lilac, blizzard, tube double flower

Green crystal-variegated, contracted, maple-willow leaves, dark lilac, scored, dianthus-like, split petaled flower

Green crystal-variegated, contracted, maple-willow leaves, dark lilac, scored, dianthus-like, split petaled flower

Green variegated, peacock leaves, fasciated, faint red-purple, margined, split flower (fasciated)

Green variegated, peacock leaves, fasciated, faint red-purple, margined, split flower (fasciated)

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

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

Scene of the exhibition

Scene of the exhibition

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