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Flowers in Japanese Culture

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alizeh haider

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Transcript of Flowers in Japanese Culture

The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers
The Art of Flower Arrangement
History of Ikebana
The Basic Styles of Ikebana
Equipment for Ikebana
Cherry Blossoms = Sakura

meaning: gentle, kind
a national symbol of Japan
hanami (flower viewing)
common name
Vocab: common

Sentence: Sakura is a common name.
the art of flower arrangement
White Chrysanthemum = Shiragiku

meaning: truth or grief
(most common for funerals)
also a national symbol of Japan
offered to deceased person by each attendance
taking turns placing flower within the casket before sealed
Vocab: funeral

Sentence: Funeral flowers are white chrysanthemum.
Flower festival
Red Rose = Akaibara

meaning: romance
romantic gifts
Vocab: gift

Sentence: A red rose is a romantic gift.
Flower arrangement is an art form taken very seriously in Japan.
Ikebana is the Japanese name for it.
Ikeru: keep alive, arrange flowers, living
Hana: flower
Carnation = Kaneshon

meaning: love
common gift for Mother's Day
Vocab: give

Sentence: The children give a carnation to their mother.
Red Camellia = Tsubaki

meaning: love (if not Samurai)
relating to Samurai
tsubaki represents bad luck
the whole flower falls
rather than petal by petal, like sakura's
analogy of 'live a brief but brilliant life and go out with a dramatic fall
if not a samurai, red tsubaki's represent love
Ikebana is a way of expressing feeligs and thoughts. It not just emphasizes the flower blooms but also does the leaves, stems and branches.
Vocab: bad luck

Sentence: Camellia is bad luck to Samurai.
An important ideal for ikebana is the concept of using the minimal amount of leaves, stems or flowers.
538A.D Buddhism was introduced to Japan, monks used flower arrangements to decorate temples.
Heian Period
Arranging flowers for nonreligious purposes became popular.
Kamakura Period
When the Samurai took power from the aristocrats, a huge change in Japanese society and fashion took place. At this time, people reserved an alcove, a room for ikebana displays, candles and incense.
16th Century
People at this time started to put meanings into the arrangements, a foundation of ikebana today.
People, having adopted foreign customs have neglected ikebana and do not usually have alcoves anymore.
New Vocab:
Upright Style
Slanting Style
Cascading Style

(piled up flowers)
(tossed in flowers)
New Vocab:
flower arrangement
Ikebana Structure
New Vocab:
3 Main Lines
1. Heaven (Shin)
2. Man (Soe)
3. Earth (Hikae)
New Vocab:
Clippers for cutting the flower stems. The stems are usually cut at an angle.
The long vase used for Nageire arrangements.
Low, shallow containers for Morbana arrangements
The flower holder which is used to secure the flowers. It is a platform of 1cm spikes.
(Spiky Frog)
New Vocab:
Elegant Simplicity
The art of flower arrangement is elegantly simple
There is a flower in the vase
The art of flower arrangement is pretty, right
There is an alcove in our home.
I like flower arrangements.
Origami is...
the art of paper folding. It was first
originated in Japan, and it is now
considered popular
throughout the world.
At first, origami was used for religious
purposes, but after some time paper
began to be more affordable.
This let the Japanese, and many others
across the world to have the ability to create
origami for recreational activity.
Flowers are one of the most popular
objects to create in origami, along with
cranes, stars, and hearts.
Flowers are one of the most popular
objects to create in origami, along with
cranes, stars, and hearts.
nippon ni hana origami ga kira desu
In Japan, flower origami is common.
The flower, Sakura, is related
Japan does not have any official
national flower, but the most
well known flower for Japan is Sakura.
Otherwise known as a cherry blossom.
with the religion, Buddism.
It is also used very frequently on commercial products.
It is also used very frequently on commercial products.
When World War Two
occurred, the Sakura flower
was used to create a spark
in the citizens and motivate them.
doresu no ue ni sakura ga takusan arimasu.
There are many flowers on the dress.
A kimono is an article of clothing, which is worm by both men and women. Before the late 19th century, kimonos were frequently worn. Nowadays, they are only worn on special occasions.
Most kimonos have flower motifs. These flower motifs represent the seasons.
Summer kimonos have summer flowers and winter kimonos have winter flowers and so on.
There are many motifs other than flowers as well, such as: leaves; bamboo; plums; butterflies; birds; clouds; and so on.
Furthermore, kimonos are usually
This usage of red colour in kimonos originated from the benibana flower, or otherwise known as the safflower.
watashi wa kaimono ni iroina kimono ikimashite.
I went shopping to buy various kimonos.
In Japan, many citizens enjoy watching and appreciating the beauty of flowers.
There are several shines, parks, and temples famous for the flowers in the area.
There are several shines, parks, and temples famous for the flowers in the area.
Furano Flower Fields
Tambara Flower Park
Ashikage Flower Park
Kameido Shine
Hase Temple
Makino Botanical garden
Meigetsuin Temple
and so on.
These places include:
watashi no otouto wa kongetsu hase otera ikimashita
My little brother went to Hase Temple this month
Japanese Flowers
Japanese Flowers
Nico Han
Nico Han
Samantha Chui
Samantha Chui
Alizeh Haider
Alizeh Haider
Vincy Lim
Vincy Lim
-usually used for decoration
-usually used for flower arranging
-the imperial family are the only people
who are allowed to have the 16 petal chrysanthemum crest on their items.
-there is this superstition in Himeji that
holding a chrysanthemum there is
bad luck
Imperial Family-
Koshitsu wa sukina kiku desu
The imperial family likes Chrysanthemum
Ikebana wa kirei desune
Watashitachi no uchi no naka ni tokonoma ga arimasu
Watashi wa kadou ga suki desu
Hanaire no naka ni hana ga arimasu
Ikebana wa kotan desu
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