Bonsai Chronicle; History and Culture of Bonsai

Date:Sat. April 6 ~ Wed. July 3, 2024
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

List of Exhibition Materials and their Exhibition Dates

◆Sat. April 6, 2024 – Wed. July 3, 2024

・Utagawa Toyokuni III, Treasury of Loyal Retainers – Section 4, 1815-1842, Large Multi-color Woodblock Print, Single Item, E-019   *On Display Until Wed. May 1

・Utagawa Hiroshige, (Bonsai Seller), 1815-1842, Large Multi-color Woodblock Print, Single Item, E-024 *On Display Until Wed. May 1

・Utagawa Toyokuni III,  Kizaki-no Kinosuke – Potted Plant Seller, 1847-1852, Large Multi-color Woodblock Print, Single Item, E-026 *On Display Until Wed. May 1

・Kitagawa Utamaro, Courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya House,  Late Edo Period (19th Century), Large Multi-color Woodblock Print, Single Item, E-140 *On Display Until Wed. May 1

・Seto Ware, Rusu Glazed Round Pot with Clouds and Dragons Design Late Edo Period (19th Century), Single Rounded Edge Pot, B-341


【Materials Related to the 3th and 4th Paris World’s Fairs】

L’Exposition de Paris, Journal Hebdomadaire, 1878, Single Volume, F-042

・Simon de Vandieres (Author), Calmann Levy(Publisher)、L’Exposition Universelle de 1878 Illustrée,  1879, Single Volume F-043

・Librairie illustrée(Publisher), Les Merveilles de L’Exposition de 1889, 1889, Single Volume F-045

・Motteroz (Publisher), Revue de L’Exposition Universelle de 1889, Around 1889, Two Volumes,F-046

・Figaro (Publisher), Guide Bleu du Figaro et du Petit Journal Exposition de 1889 un Franc, Around 1889, Single Volume, F-047


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