2019 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibiiton

Oct 31, 20192019 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibiiton




With the title, “THE BEGINNING,” the 2019 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition, the largest and oldest ikebana exhibition held continuously from the Edo Period (17th century) will take place. Over 1,500 ikebana arrangements by Ikenobo ikebana artists from all over Japan will be displayed and many ikebana events will be held.


➢NOV. 13 (Wed) -18 (Mon) at Takashimaya Department Store in Kyoto 7 Floor

Open from 10:00 to 20:00 (Exhibits close at 18:00 on Nov. 14,16 and 18.)


➢NOV. 15 (Fri) -18 (Mon) at Ikenobo Headquaters in Kyoto

Open from 9:00 to 17:00


※ Tickets can be purchased at the door ¥900.
※ Admission free for high school students or younger and visitor wearing Kimono.



❀ Special Exhibition “Ikenobo meets Katsushika Hokusai” ❀


Includes Katsushika Hokusai’s treasured artworks


In the late 19C, Japonism swept over the whole of Europe.


Collaboration works with Katsushika Hokusai who triggered the Japonism in Europe will be displayed.


Find intentions that are common between ikebana and Katsushika Hokusai by realizing the aesthetic sense of Japanese culture and enjoy the beauty space.

❀ What is SUNANOMONO? ❀


“Sunanomono” has a wide range of expression from classic to modern and grand to small.


Feel the profundity by appreciating various types of “Sunanomono” that displayed in one place.




❀ What is KYUTANABATA-E (旧七夕会) ❀


Since the Heian Period (8th century), flower arranging has been one of the events of the Tanabata or Star Festival celebration, held annually on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month. In the early Edo period (17th century) Headmaster Senko Ikenobo II was often invited to the rikka gatherings held by Emperor Gomizuno-o at the Imperial Court. Subsequently, special permission was granted to Ikenobo by the Emperor to hold the Tanabata Rikka-kai (Tanabata Rikka Gathering) and the event became one of the well-known annual events in Kyoto. Due to the abolition of Gosekku (five seasonal festivals on the lunar calendar) in the Meiji Period, the Tanabata Rikka Gathering was renamed as Kyutanabata-e (meaning “ancient Tanabata-e”). Since then the event has been held continuously although there have been changes in the exhibition period.



❀ Access ❀


●To Ikenobo Headquarters / Rokkakudo Temple


Subway: Karasuma Oike (Exit 5)


Kyoto City Bus: Karasuma Sanjo


Hankyu Railways: Karasuma (Exit 21)


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●To Kyoto Takashimaya Department Store


Hankyu Railways: Direct access on the basement level from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line


Keihan Railways: 5 minutes on foot from Keihan Gion Shijo Station


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