Bonsai Chronicle; History and Culture of Bonsai

Date:Sat. April 22 ~ Wed. July 5, 2023 / Sat. September 16 ~ Sun. November 26, 2023
Place:Exhibition Room

A Visual Chronology of 1300 Years.

Bonsai is a traditional Japanese art form that has spread around the world.

In the long history leading up to the present day, how has bonsai been created, what has it been called, and how has its tradition been nurtured?

This exhibition traces the history of bonsai over 1,300 years, introducing the path that bonsai has taken from Japan to the rest of the world through a chronicle-styled panel display with a wealth of visual materials.

In the center of the exhibition room, selected works and materials from the museum’s collection will be displayed according to the season in which the exhibition is held.

While enjoying the bonsai of the season, we hope that through this exhibition you will also be gripped by the history and culture of bonsai which continues until today. 

Collection Exhibition

Dates and List of Exhibition Materials

◆Saturday, April 22 – Wednesday, May 24, 2023 

・Pottery Unkown, “Pot with Celadon Glaze and Cotton Rose-arabesque “, 20th C., Sharp Rectangular Pot・1 Piece, B-004

・Yixing Ware: Rectangular Peach Blossom Clay Bonsai Pot」China, Qing dynasty, Rectangular Pot with Pertruding Rum・1 Piece, B-147

Genji-e and Seasonal Potting】

・Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ “Mock-Rokkasen – Ariwara no Narihara”, 1847-1852、Large Multi-color Woodblock Print・1 Piece, E-137

・Toyohara Kunichika “”Fifty-four Modern Feelings Compared with Genji No.42 – “Niou-no-Miya”, August 1884,、Large Multi-color Woodblock Print・1 Piece, E-144

・Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ “Safflower Princess Scroll (A Scene from Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji, vol.10)”, 1847-1852, Large Multi-color Woodblock Print・3 Pieces Together, E-165

・Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ “Genji-e (A Scene from Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji, vol.21) “, 1847-1852, Large Multi-color Woodblock Print・3 Pieces Together,、E-167

【Bonsai Cultivation Manuals of the Meiji Period】

・Sannohe Tomoaki, Oguri Kahei (Editor), Kokukoku-do (Publishing Company) “Bonsai Guide” 1883, Writings・1 Book

・Okamoto Hankei, Iguchi Matsu Nosuke (Publisher), Kaishin Shoro (Publishing Company), “Flowering, Tree and Bamboo Bonsai Complete Cultivation Methods “, 1894, Writings・1 Book

・Rano Senshi (Iguchi Matsunosuke), Okamoto Hankei (Editor), Kaishin Shoro(Publishing Company) “Complete Book on Bonsai Cultivation Methods with Plant Illustrations”, 1893, Writings・1 Book

・Yonekichi Kibe, Sangin Suiseki-en(Publishing Company) “Bonsai Cultivation Techinques “, 1903, Writings・1 Book

・Takeda Koseikan(Publishing Company)”Flowering Bonsai Cultivation Methods”, 1883, Writings・1 Book

・Inoue Masanori, Daigaku-kan (Publishing Company) “On Fertilizer and Japanese Plants and Fertilizer and Bonsai”, 1911, Writings・1 Book


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