chrysanthemum (kiku)

Enjoy Autumn 2016 With These Three Floral Festivals in Hokkaido!

At the mention of floral festivals in Japan, most people would have the impression that these take place only during the spring and summer season. However, do you know that there are three autumn floral festivals in Hokkaido which you can check out this autumn 2016? Read on to find out more about them so…

5 Important Motifs from Japanese Family Crests

Unlike in Europe where family crests were used to distinguish nobility from commoners, Japan’s family crests (kamon) were not only exclusive to noblemen. The use of family crests also extended to samurai warriors and commoners. Although the kamon was exclusive only to nobility during the eighth century, it then became a symbol of identity or…

3 Free or Budget-Friendly Activities to Check Out this Autumn in Japan

Autumn is soon arriving Japan and the humidity and heat of summer will be just a memory again. Autumn is a spectacular time to visit Japan. Children are back in school so it is slightly less busy, the summer rain has ended so you can enjoy clear days and the scorching heat has passed. If…

4 Kinds of Edible Flowers in Japan

In Japan, there are several types of edible flowers. It can give to the Japanese dishes an elegant touch of fantasy and enrich the flavors. Here below a list of the most known and used flowers. 1. Sakura The Japanese love Sakura blossoms, don`t they? But do you know you can actually eat them or…

“Kiku Matsuri” Japanese Chrysanthemum Flower Festival

It’s hard to live in Japan without eventually knowing something about Kiku Matsuri (the Japanese Chrysanthemum Flower Festival). All over the place you will see stalls of amazing flowers and wonder what they are in aid of. Kiku Flower The kiku (きく)flower was brought to Japan from China, and during the last few hundred years…