Chrysanthemums – an East-West fusion art show

Print by William Say 1825 British Museum

Print by William Say 1825 British Museum

This week I’ve had chrysanthemums on my mind. Yes, I know it’s a bit late – they tend to flower in September or October, not November. But I have November fixed in my head because every year the Shinjuku Gyoen Botanical Gardens in Tokyo hold a chrysanthemum show, and it’s on now.  Continue reading

Japanese chrysanthemum exhibition in Tokyo

Ozukuri chrysanthemumLast November I went to an exhibition of chrysanthemums at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo.

They were carefully displayed in special decorative pavilions dotted about the main gardens and it seemed to me that they were typically Japanese in the way they aimed for perfection through artifice. Nothing like an English herbaceous border which is about glorifying nature in all its profusion.

Here’s some pictures to show you what I mean. See if you agree.

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