Autumn Tanabata Exhibition旧七夕会


Ikenobo Ikebana Kyutanabata Flower and Sword

Each November the Ikenobo school of ikebana prepares a large Autumn Tanabata Exhibition to showcase a wide variety of both traditional and contemporary Japanese flower arrangements.  This event is called Kyūtanabata-e (Ancient Star Festival Gathering) in Japanese, referring to the exhibition's roots as part of the celebration of Tanabata.  This festival was traditionally held on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month as one of the Gosekku, five seasonal festivals celebrated by the imperial court.  Though these rituals were abolished at the government level in the 19th century, the Ikenobo school continued to honor their tradition of arranging flowers for the season, and the event became known as the Kyūtanabata-e.

Ikenobo Ikebana Kyutanabata Wall

The Autumn Tanabata Exhibition is held at exhibition halls at the Ikenobo headquarters at Rokkaku-dō temple and the Takashimaya department store in mid-November, and the tickets cover admission at both sites for 1,000 yen (or free for children up through high school age, as well as visitors wearing kimono).  Amongst the countless arrangements on display during the exhibition you will find ikebana both miniature and gigantic in scale, as well as a range of colors from subtle tones to the brightest of tropical shades!  (Note: in 2020, the exhibition is held only at one venue, the Ikenobo headquarters.)

The Ikenobo school recognizes three styles of arrangement, and there will be representations of the rikka, shōka, and free style throughout the display space.  (For more information on the characteristics of these styles, check Ikenobo's website.)  Though most of the pieces put forward are made by instructors, there are grand ikebana displayed at both venues done by Ikenobo Sen’ei, the forty-fifth generation Headmaster, and Ikenobo Senkō, Headmaster Designate.

Take a look at some of the gorgeous ikebana arrangements that were on display at the Autumn Tanabata Exhibition 2017, and prepare yourselves for next year's!

Things to See/Do

  • Ikebana


2021 Schedule

Ikenobo Headquarters Venue

November 10th: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
November 11th: 10:00 – 16:00 (last entry 15:30)
November 12th: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
November 13th: 10:00 – 16:00 (last entry 15:30)
November 14th: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
November 15th: 10:00 – 16:00 (last entry 15:30)



〒604-8134 京都市中京区六角通東洞院西入堂之前町

TEL 075-221-2686


    • Autumn Ikebana Exhibition: ¥1,000
    • Rokkaku-dō Temple: Free


    • Autumn Ikebana Exhibition: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)