Knowing the meaning of Japanese flowers

Mainly prized in Japanese culture, Japanese flowers embody several essential values and have several interesting meanings. In this regard, here is an article that highlights some of the main flowers from the land of the rising sun, as well as their meanings. To have more details on the subject, easily browse the different lines of the said article.

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The Chrysanthemum: Kiku

Original to China, Chrysanthemum is a noble flower, which not only blooms in autumn, but also characterized by three essential colors. While the yellow Chrysanthemum signifies sunshine and immortality in Japan, the red colored Chrysanthemum on the other hand evokes a sincere message of love. Widely used for All Saints' Day or funeral ceremonies, the white chrysanthemum symbolizes mourning.

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Better yet, representing the imperial seal, the Chrysanthemum, designated Kiku in Japan, embodies nobility.  Moreover, usually featured on passports and coins in Japan, this noble flower is celebrated in autumn at the festival of happiness commonly known as Kiku Matsuri. In short, the Chrysanthemum not only symbolizes light and sunshine, but also represents truth, purity and the symbol of a long and happy life.

The flower of the Japanese apricot tree: Ume

First of all, it should be stated that the Japanese apricot or plum tree is a tree measuring 4.72 inches (12cm) in height. It is a plant species of the prunus family.

japanese ume flower

Better, widespread in the north of Tokyo more precisely in Okutama, the flower of the plum tree called Ume or mume, is the symbol of Nippon of January. White or pink in color, the said flower of the Japanese apricot tree, Ume is often recognized through the elongated and round character of its various petals. Having the ability to bloom under the snow, Ume announces the arrival of spring, but also reveals health or strength. Further on, this apricot flower also symbolizes the power to overlook a painful time.

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More interestingly, symbolizing the Japanese woman, the Ume also protects its users from any demon attacks. In addition, this female flower combines several meanings at once in Japan. These include grace, vigor, elegance, beauty and faithfulness. Hence the regularity of its patterns on yukatas.

The cherry blossom: Sakura

Sakura means "cherry blossom tree" in Japanese. In fact, this is why Japan is called the land of cherry blossoms. Displayed especially on traditional outfits (winter kimonos for children and adults and even summer Yukatas) and various accessories, Sakura is the flower of renewal and ephemeral beauty.

Japanese sakura flower

Better, offering a romantic image, the said cherry blossom represents the emblem of the Archipelago. Further, translating the impermanence of things, the cherry blossom is also involved in the literature, arts and haiku of Japan.

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As for the meanings of this flower, it should be revealed that the Sakura stipulates beauty, kindness and gentleness. In addition to this meaning, testifying to the temporary nature of beauty, the Sakura dies after fifteen days of blooming. Thus, the cherry blossom highlights the cycle of life (birth, growth, death). Hence, its presence on the Bushido, which is actually just the moral code of the samurai. 

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The peony: Botan

Considered the queen of flowers, the Botan peony represents the flower of courage in Japan. Endowed with incredible beauty, this flower of Japan not only materializes honor and strength, but also promotes prosperity and fortune in Japanese culture.

Japanese peony

Further, thanks to its dignified posture and the strength of its stem, the peony also symbolizes the feminine ideal. Since no matter what the weather, the peony at the expense of other flowers always remains upright.

The carnation: Nadeshiko or Kaneshon

japanese carnation flower

Featuring several varieties of flowers, Nadeshiko or Kaneshon carnations are the most well-known in Japan. Like the peony, the Nadeshiko flower is the symbol of the ideal Japanese woman. Indeed, representing an ideal gift for Mother's Day, the carnation embodies pure maternal love.

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Better yet, bearing the nickname of the Japanese women's soccer team, this Japanese flower also embodies naive youth and its laughter. Besides the naivety of youth, according to the Hanakotoba dialect, the carnation also evokes distinction and fascination. Further, the carnation is recognizable by the rounded, or toothed, shape of its petals.

However, it should be pointed out that yellow and purple carnations are considered in some areas of Japan as a sign of disdain and a symbol of an essentially sad mood, respectively.

The Japanese Iris: Shoubu

Japanese iris

Commonly known as Shoubu or hanashoubu, the Japanese iris is distinguished from other Japanese flowers by its three essentially drooping leaves. Moreover, a messenger of the gods, the iris is a Japanese flower that usually brings good news. Indeed, the meanings of this flower of good news vary according to its shades. In this regard, common in Japanese gardens, the purple iris is a sign of deep feelings.

white japanese iris

Speaking of the white iris, it just expresses a declaration of love. While the orange iris expresses the fiery love, the yellow iris evokes a feeling of happiness. In addition, the length of the iris petals stipulates the samurai sword. Further, adorning not only shrines, parks and temples, the said spring flower is also the embodiment of health, protection and politeness. Similarly, symbolizing virility, the Japanese iris expresses self-confidence. Hence its presence at the Boys' Festival.

The Camellia: Tsubaki

The uniqueness of this spring flower is that it is referred to in Japan as the flower of life and love. Indeed, the Camellia is characterized by three flagship shades, which offer three different meanings. Indeed, the camellia of red hue materializes love. As for the white Camellia flower, it essentially signifies desire. For the Camellia of yellow shade, it highlights the nostalgia or the waiting. Similarly, present in religious ceremonies, the Camellia not only symbolizes the divine, but also evokes friendship and harmony.  

japanese camellia flower

In addition, hugely inspiring Japanese fashion, many cardigan kimono and various fabrics are adorned with Camellia patterns. These include satin, velvet, crepe, muslin, poplin, printed cotton, lace, silk and other fabrics of the Japanese cultural era.  

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The white lotus

In Japanese culture, the white lotus is the flower of spiritual awakening. Growing in ponds, the white lotus embodies not only reincarnation, purity and mysticism. Further, the said flower of spirituality is much sought after by followers of Buddhism. Sign of the elevation of the spirit and the conscience, the white lotus proposes several meanings.

Japanese lotus flower

Thus, in addition to the perfection and purity that the white lotus embodies, the red lotus emphasizes love. Concerning the pink lotus, it is the very symbol of Buddha. As for the purple or yellow lotus, they are the symbol of rebirth or spiritual elevation. It should be added that the famous lotus position performed during yoga sessions comes from this pond flower.  

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The Ipomea or Asagao

ipomoea flower meaning

Particularly climbing and winding, the Ipomea signifies the motif of love. Very famous in the Japanese cultural era, the Ipomea flower is a variety of bindweed providing its various users with freshness. Indeed, very fashionable in summer, the Ipomea is characterized by purple, blue and mauve shades. As for its meaning, the Ipomoea means figure of the day. Just because this flower has the particularity of opening during the day and closing in the evening. Ipomea patterns are common on Japanese t-shirts, blouses and skirts.  

The Paulownia: Kiri

Occupying second place after the Chrysanthemum, the Paulownia is recognizable by its three ornate leaves above light purple colored flowers. Indeed, the Campanula tree originated in China.

Paulownia flower

Designated as the princess tree in Japan, the Paulownia is planted upon the birth of a daughter. Marking the coming to earth of said little girl, the said Kiri is cut down as her wedding approaches. In this regard, the wood of the cut Paulownia is used to make various objects or accessories for the dowry.

Japanese Paulownia tree

Further on, Paulownia is also a great ally in the beautification of the order of the rising sun.

The Adonis Ramosa

Adonis Ramosa

In fact, the Adonis Ramosa is a flower characterized by a bright yellow coloring. Indeed, Adonis Ramosa is highly valued in Japan embodies happiness. Blooming in spring or winter, Adonis Ramosa represented in the Edo era, an ideal gift as it brought joy to the homes.

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