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Special Presentation: “Botany and Botanical Art in the University of Tokyo – Makino Tomitaro and Yamada Toshio”

July 3, 2020

Event Details

Event Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) June 24, 2020 — April 1, 2021
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque [COLONNADE3]
[Address] KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
Nijubashimae Station (Exit 4) on the Chiyoda Line (about 2 minutes on foot).
[Opening Hours] 11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
 *Opening hours may change.
[Closed on] Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.


The Intermediatheque (IMT) reopened on June 24. To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please read the following guidelines before visiting the museum.
[1] Please wear a mask, cover your cough, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when visiting IMT.
[2] Before entering the museum, we will check your body temperature. If your temperature is found to be over 37.5℃, we may refuse admission.
[3] If you have visited a country or region where the infection has continued to spread in the last 2 weeks, please refrain from visiting IMT.
[4] Please keep a safe distance of 2 meters from other visitors in the museum.
[5] Please do not speak in a loud voice in order to prevent an airborne infection.
[6] Please refrain from touching the exhibits, display cases, walls and any equipment bearing the sign “Do not use.”
[7] Entrance restrictions may apply depending on the number of visitors.
[8] Any group of 10 people or more may be refused admission.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
※The exhibition end date listed above is tentative.


In 2017, botanical sketches were newly found in the backyard of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT). All the illustrations were drawn by Yamada Toshio (1882−1941), a botanical artist active from late Meiji to early Showa eras. He is known as one of the illustrators of An Illustrated Flora of Nippon (1940), a monumental botanical publication written by Makino Tomitaro (1862−1957), a famous botanist in Japan. 534 illustrations (367 colour pictures and 167 line drawings) drawn between 1909 and 1937 were found. Many of them bear on the reverse side information on when the illustrations were made, and how the specimens were collected. It is noteworthy that Yamada collected materials by accompanying Makino on the field, or by receiving items collected by Makino himself in the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens. Thus, these illustrations are thought to have been made under the guidance of Makino.
Many drawings proved to be original illustrations of Makino’s publications, such as An Illustrated Flora of Nippon, An Illustrated Analytical Key to the Japanese Common Plants (1950) or Illustrations of Alpine Plants in Japan (1953). These illustrations are not only excellent and truthful depictions of plants, but they are also worthy in clarifying the process behind Makino’s publications. The present exhibition showcases for the first time 60 colour pictures from these botanical sketches resulting from the collaboration between a botanist and a botanical artist. It provides the public with a unique opportunity to see this new collection from the University of Tokyo, testifying to the history of botanical art that supported botanical research in the university.

[Organizer] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)

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