From September 21th（Fri）to November 21th（Wed）of 2018, at the "Hyakudan Stairs" - Tokyo Prefecture designated tangible cultural property located within The Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (Tokyo Meguro District), the "Ikebana x Hyakudan Stairs 2018" floral arrangement exhibition is to take place.
This exhibition, taking place annually since 2013, has accumulated over 250 thousand guests in the past five years. Number of visitors in 2017 was recorded exceeding 60 thousand visitors. This year, being the 6th annual occurence of this event, the exhibition is to be held in Autumn following up on last year's showcase and works of 57 floral arrangement schools, the largest numbers ever will be exhibited by the timing of weekly change. The visitors may appreciate each of the different school's distinctive style and presentation of beauty from early Spring to late Autumn with not only their botanical artwork but materials used for each floral arrangement.
The exhibition venue "Hyakudan Stairs" was built in 1935 in "Gajoen", and have hosted many of guests for various gatherings throughout its histories. It was officially recognized as the Tokyo designated tangible cultural property in 2009 for its unique architectural and artistic spacial beauty. Photographing of all works on display have been allowed since 2017, so visitors can take photographs of a precious scenery of being featured together with many acclaimed Japanese-style painters representing the Showa Era of Japan and the floral arrangement schools representing Japanese culture that can only been seen at this exhibition.
The largest floral arrangement organization in Japan - The Public Interest Incorporated Foundation of Japanese Floral Arrangement Art Association, exhibits the works of 57 schools by the timing of weelky change for a period of nine weeks. Visitors can enjoy to see the traditional techniques of floral arrangement passed down within each of the schools and Japanese maple and seasonal florals that turn fully red.
Since 2017, photographing is permitted in all areas in the exhibition. All the works of the floral arrangements displayed in rooms surrounded by Japanese printings provoke the desire to take photographs. You may keep the most photogenic photo as a memory. "Kimono Discount", a discount of the admission fee for the visitors wearing kimono, starts from this year. From October 1st (Mon), "Kimono Plan" a good value of 13,000 yen per person will also be available containing kimono rental and meals with admission fee.