Did you know that the Imperial Seal of Japan is a Chrysanthemum? The seal features 16 petals with another set of 16 petal tips behind it. It can be seen on official documents, such as a passport, and represents longevity & rejuvenation.
Known as “Kiku” in Japanese, the Chrysanthemum is also the symbol for Autumn. The spacious Sankeien Garden in Yokohama holds a Chrysanthemum Flower Exhibition annually. Now through November 24th, admire the flowers that are grown into unusual shapes by prescribed methods of care and pruning, similar to the Bonsai. In addition to the hundreds of Chrysanthemum blooms, beautiful Bonsai arrangements are also on display.
Here is a list of styles and shapes of Chrysanthemums on exhibit:
- Oogiku - Big flower
- Kogiku Bonsai - Small flowers Bonsai
- Kengai - Cascade style
- Kotengiku - Classic flower
- Edogiku - Edo flower
Sankeien Garden is comprised of an inner and outer garden with scenery that changes every season. View the Event Calendar for more details. Admission is 500yen for Adults, 200yen for Children. Parking up to 2-hours is available for 500yen.
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Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect ...