24 October - 30 November 2016
Open weekdays 09:30 - 17:30, closed weekends
Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy.
The Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
The Embassy of Japan is pleased to present the “FLORA JAPONICA” exhibition from 24 October to 30 November. The exhibition shows the unique richness of Japanese native flora and the influence of Japanese plants on horticulture in the west through paintings by some of the most eminent contemporary Japanese botanical artists. The flora of Japan includes many unique endemic species not found on the Asiatic mainland. The mountainous nature of much of Japan has enabled most of these species to survive population growth and expanding cultivation.
Also on display will be "Miracle Pine", a painting illustrated by Masumi Yamanaka, a botanical artist based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The painting is of the lone pine tree that survived the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, standing on the coastline on the west edge of Matsubara, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. In spite of sustained preservation efforts, the tree was officially declared dead in May 2012. Today, a replica of the tree, made using the trunk of the original pine, stainless steel and plastic foliage, stands in the same place as a lasting monument for future generations. The painting by Masumi Yamanaka depicts the original tree before the earthquake.
This is a satellite exhibition of the ongoing Flora Japonica exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art).