2018 Ikenobo Autumn “Tanabata” Exhibition

October 22 , 2018

“Kyutanabata-e” is the largest and oldest Ikebana (Japanese traditional flower arrangement) Exhibition of Ikenobo.
Over 1,500 ikebana arrangements will be displayed. Please come and visit the Exhibition.

◆ Exhibition period and site ◆

Nov. 7 (Wed) ~ 12 (Mon) at Exhibition Hall of Takashimaya Department Store in Kyoto
Open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Exhibition will be closed at 6:00 pm on Nov. 8, 10 and 12.)

Nov. 9 (Fri) ~ 12 (Mon) at Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto
Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased at the door 900 yen.
(Admission free for high school students or younger and visitors wearing Kimono)



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.

If you are interested in this event, please visit official website below:
‣ 2018 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibiiton

If you are interesting in Ikenobo ikebana, please visit our website below:
‣ IKENOBO website in English