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 .

This year’s theme is the Cultivation History of the Primrose from the Middle to Late Edo Period. During this period, cultivated varieties of primrose were produced, and the number of varieties increased after the ‘Ren’ groups for primrose lovers were formed and a competitive exhibition began. We use panels to illustrate the formation and development of the subcultures associated with primroses from the middle to late Edo period, and show that some of the varieties from that time still exist today.

We also exhibit double flower varieties collected in 2007, wild plant varieties collected in 2010, and modern new primrose flowers collected from 2013 to 2015.


Period Apr 14 (Tue), 2020- May 6 (Wed), 2020
*This exhibition was canceled due to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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 high school age and younger
Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no entrance after 4:00 p.m.)
Closed Apr 20 (Mon) and 27 (Mon)
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History


Many of the primroses exhibited are planted in pots. We prepare two pots for each variety, and four buds are planted in each pot. They will be exhibited in the primrose flower beds, areas surrounding an arbor, two plastic greenhouses, and the Yoshizu exhibition hall.
Those exhibited in the flower beds are varieties that were bred in the Edo era. The sections are arranged to exhibit wild plant varieties and current new flowers. Others are exhibited planted in the ground or in planters. In the arbor, the panels feature and explain the relationships between the diversified flower colors and pigments of primrose, and how pigments are created through gene functionality.
In front of the entrance of the main building, primroses are exhibited in the planters. They serve as an introduction to the Botanical Garden as well.

Tiered Primrose Display Stand Display in plastic greenhouse
Tiered Primrose Display Stand Display in plastic greenhouse
Tamagawa Komadome Otedama
Tamagawa Komadome Otedama
Seifuumeigetsu Kozakuragenji Yuubae
Seifūmeigetsu Kozakuragenji Yūbae
Kaden Toagaharamomo Kozakuragasane
Kaden Todagaharamomo Kozakuragasane