Partner Programme

16 — 24 Sept 2023

Architecture / Landscape, Craft

V&A South Kensington

Cromwell Road

(Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b, The Simon Sainsbury Gallery)




Together with the Gifu Prefecture in Japan and London based Hayatsu Architects, the V&A presents a Hana Mikoshi or ‘flower shrine’. Inspired by the ‘Mino Matsuri festival’, this sculptural seating installation will be decorated with 50,000 sakura-inspired washi paper flowers handcrafted by craftspeople in Japan.

The flowers will be applied to the structure by visitors to the V&A throughout the summer. This process echoes the annual Mino Matsuri festival in Japan which has taken place since the Edo period (1615-1868) where local families, craftspeople, and intergenerational groups come together to create the paper shrines for the festival.