Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Primroses

The Botanical Garden of Everyday Life has held primrose exhibitions under the title “Traditional Primroses” since 2002.

 “Traditional Primroses” refers to a series of primroses of many varieties that were produced from the unique flowers found in the wild by plantsmen from the middle of the Edo Period. The colors of the flowers vary from red to white, and the shapes of the petals also vary from flat to pincer-shaped. These primroses with their variety of colors and petals will be exhibited along with an innovative display of how primroses were traditionally appreciat ed— the unique, tiered primrose display stand having been donated in 2003 .

Furthermore, the theme of this year's exhibition is "primula coloring and the genes behind it." Panel displays show how, in spite of there being numerous different colors of primula flowers, the pigments themselves are few and simple in composition, and how the plant's genes determine these colorations.

Also on display will be double-flowered varieties acquired in 2007 and wild species collected in 2010, along with current new blooms collected from 2013 to 2015.


Period Apr 10 (Tue), 2018- May 6 (Sun), 2018
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 Apr 16 (Mon), 23 (Mon)
* The garden will be open on Tuesday, May 1.
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

Most primroses will be displayed in pots - two for each variety, and each containing four buds- in several locations: the tiered primrose display stand, around the Azuma-ya, in two greenhouses, and in the Yoshizu exhibition hall. The primroses cultivated in the Edo period will be displayed on the display stand.

The double-flowered varieties produced in recent years, wild species, and new flowers will be displayed in a dedicated corner as well as in planters around the Azuma-ya.

The primula flower beds display mainly varieties created in the Edo Period with smaller exhibits, too, of wild varieties and new, modern varieties. Besides these are exhibits of cultivation in the ground and using planters. The panel display in the Azuma-ya explains the relationship between, on the one hand, the various colors of flower that primulas have diversified into and, on the other, the pigments themselves, as well as the genetic mechanism by which the colors were created.


獅子頭 蛇の目傘
Tiered Primrose Display Stand Display in plastic greenhouse
光源氏 北斗星 落葉衣
Hikaru Genji Matsu-no-Yuki Appare
光源氏 北斗星 落葉衣
Isobotan Hamachikage
A la carte
光源氏 北斗星 落葉衣
Tajimabeni Yatsugatake-shiro Suwakoben