Journal article

Observance of Autumn

Olivia Meehan

Pleasure Garden Magazine, London | Pleasure Garden Magazine | Published : 2019


Chrysanthemum day kiku no sekku 菊の節, celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month and deep in the heart of autumn, was initiated over a thousand years ago by the Imperial household of Japan. This enduring seasonal festival is only one of many forms of expression dedicated to the symbolic influence of the flower in Japan. First introduced from China during the Nara period (710-784), early interest in the chrysanthemum centered on its healing properties and medicinal qualities. Eventually this striking autumn flower made its way into the world of Japanese folklore and poetry and has enjoyed Imperial status for centuries. The Chrysanthemum Throne 皇位, the imperial seat of Japan formed in..

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