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JAPANESE FLOWERS MEANING HANAKOTOBA  花言葉

The Sakura flower (cherry blossom) are the most representative flower of Japan, and it is considered the flower of spring. In Japan each month season has it representative flower.

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Cherry Blossom  さくら

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Lotus 蓮

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Peony 牡丹

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Chrysanthemum 菊花紋章

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Red Spider Lily 彼岸花

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Maple 紅葉

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Japanese wisteria 藤

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Peach: 桃 ("momo")

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Orchid 蘭

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Hibiscus ハイビスカス

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Ume Japanese Apricot 梅

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Bamboo & Grass

Japanese Flowers Meaning Part 1

Japanese Cherry Blossom Sakura さくら<

Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. 

In Japanese culture, sakura as the embodiment of beauty and mortality.In addition to the beauty of its pale pink petals and its prevalence in Japan, the blossom is known for its distinctively short lifespan.

Cherry blossom is a symbol of wabi-sabi, an important worldview in Japan relating to the acceptance of transience and imperfection, as well as gentleness and kindness.

the Japanese believe cherry blossoms represent beauty and the fragility of life.

Beauty – A cherry blossom flower is symbolizing beauty.

Optimism – The cherry blossom flower only blooms when spring time is about to come. Meaning to say, the cherry blossom tree has no flowers if spring is not yet coming.

Love – cherry blossom flower has a pink color, it is also a great symbol of love. In fact, cherry blossom flowers have been part of many couples’ lives in the past years and even up to these days.

Impermanence – Another meaning of a cherry blossom flower is impermanence. It is reminding the entire humanity that nothing is permanent in this world.

Strength – A cherry blossom flower also represents strength. It is simply because a cherry blossom tree can stand the test of time and remain standing despite of the bad weather that may challenge it. It will be standing there right where it is growing until its flowers fully bloom when spring season is about to come.

Some other things that a cherry blossom represents are nobility, prosperity, renewal, fragility, purity, life, fertility, and femininity.

Lotus 蓮

The lotus flower has many different meanings with each meaning being based on any one of a number of factors. Religion, the way the lotus is depicted (open, closed, partially open), and the color all have unique and specific meanings.

Japanese culture, it represents purity of the body, speech, and mind; derived from Buddhist symbolism.

It’s said that nothing is more spiritual and enchanting than a lotus flower.

Peony 牡丹

‘King of Flowers’ ( botan ) the peony is a Japanese flower that is used as a symbol of good fortune wealth, and nobility., bravery, and honour .

It is often used in tattoos to signify a devil-may-care attitude.

Peonies are a common tattoo subject in both Japanese and Western cultures. Its inherent meaning of prosperity and strength makes it a popular image to incorporate into body art.

Chrysanthemum 菊花紋章

The chrysanthemum is the Japanese flower symbol for the Emperor and the Imperial family, and as such appears on the Imperial Seal, Japanese passports and the 50-yen coin. It is also said to represent longevity and rejuvenation.

The Chrysanthemum, or Kiku in Japanese, is a symbol that represents longevity and rejuvenation.

It is important to notice that white Chrysanthemum are used for funerals and graves in Japan, so be careful with the meaning of each color too. On the other hand, red Chrysanthemum are given to the person you love or, at least, very high affection.

Red Spider Lily 彼岸花

Higanbana flower is called "red spider lily", "hell flower" 'flower of death' and "lycoris radiata" in English. Actually, there are many aliases in Japanese, but like flowers of death, most of them are ominous names.

They are associated with final goodbyes, and legend has it that these flowers grow wherever people part ways for good. In old Buddhist writings, the red spider lily is said to guide the dead through samsara, the cycle of rebirth. Red spider lilies are often used for funerals, but they are also used decoratively with no such connotations.

Maple 紅葉

One of the most popular backgrounds is the Japanese maple, a symbol of time passing, a symbol of the wind. the design often conveys the leaves as floating, carried on the wind or in the water. In Japan, it’s also the symbol of lovers. In some Japanese tattoo designs, canopies of maple leaves float over shoulders and drift over the torso.

A single leaf or a multitude of leaves are also potent symbols of regeneration and resurrection as they cycle through the seasons. Changing seasons are marked by the transformation of the leaves from trees.

Japanese wisteria 藤

The Bridge With WisteriaThe Bridge with Wisteria or Kameido Tenjin Keidai, plate 57 from '100 Views of Edo', 1856 (colour woodblock print) by Hiroshige, Ando or Utagawa (1797-1858)

Wisteria signifies love and is also used in many Japanese family crests (kamon)

Furthermore, it's long-life bestows additional symbolic meaning of immortality and longevity to the wisteria.

This flower is native to Asia,

Peach: 桃 ("momo")

The peach tree in flower is a symbol of Spring.

The peach is associated with immortality and a long life.

It is one of the “Three Blessed Fruits” in Buddhism and symbolizes longevity.

In Japanese Momo means peach and tarō means eldest son. Momotarō is the Peach Boy hero in Japanese folklore. Stories about Momotarō are extremely popular in Japan.

Orchid 蘭

The orchid holds a broad range of meaning in numerous cultures.In Japan, Neofinetia falcata has a long history within the Samurai culture. This little jewel long treasured by Japanese royalty for its fragrance and foliage. It is known as an orchid of wealth and nobility. Samurai warriors would travel for miles in the search for this tiny orchid to bring back to the royal court. If the warrior succeeded in his quest, it was considered a sign of his bravery.

Hibiscus ハイビスカス

The hibiscus flower is another popular flower tattoo. In Japanese culture the hibiscus flower has one of the simplest meanings of all flowers in Japan. It holds just a singular meaning: gentle.

For example, a hibiscus appearing in a Japanese sleeve would be more likely to be considered to mean “gentle”, rather than power or respect. A hibiscus tattoo that stands alone may have a less restrictive interpretation of its meaning.

Ume Japanese Apricot 梅

In floral language it has the meaning of “Elegance”, “Faithfulness” and “Pure heart”.

Bamboo & Grass

Bamboo good luck symbols, charms, taboos and superstitions and fairytales from Japan and the rest of Asia.“Bamboo is universally known as the symbol of good fortune”

They are commonly to be found near many Buddhist temples. The traditional Japanese bamboo fountain, the Tsukubai, is said to embody and illustrate purity and sacredness and the seed of the bamboo tree is said to be tied to the mythical phoenix often depicted in Japanese arts, which is said to eat only bamboo


Japanese Flowers meaning of the Four Seasons Part 2

Amaryllis Amaririsu Meaning – Shyness, Pride

Andromeda (あせび) February ~ May 

Asagao (Morning Glory) Meaning – Brief love, Bond of love 

Azalea (つつじ) May ~ June 

Bellflower Kikyo Meaning – Unchanging love, Honesty, Obedience 

Camellia Tsubaki Meaning – Humility, Discretion, Perfect love 

Carnation Kaneshon Meaning – Love 

Cherry blossom Sakura (さくら) The season for cherry blossoms is from February ~ April 

( Hokkaido the cherry blossom season is very late in May. ) Meaning – Accomplishment, Beauty of heart

Chrysanthemum Kiku (キク) September - Mid November Meaning – Noble, Trust, Purity 

Cosmos Kosumosu (コスモスの花) Autumn Meaning – Cleanliness, Love 

Hydrangea Ajisai (めじさい) June ~ July Meaning – Apologies, Gratitude 

Iris Shobu Meaning – Good news, Glad tidings, Loyalty 

Japanese Apricot Ume blossoms February - Early March Meaning – Elegance, Faithfulness, Pure heart 

Lavender Rabenda Meaning – Faithful 

Lilac (ライラック) May 

Lotus Suiren (蓮) August and even early September Meaning – Far from the one you love 

Magnolia (こぶし) March 

Orange Osmanthus Kinmokusei Meaning – Truth, Noble person 

Peach blossom Momo (もも) March ~ April Meaning – Fascinating personality 

Peonies bloom (牡丹が咲きます) in late spring - early summer 

Pink moss (しばざくら) April ~ May 

Plum blossom (うめ) Februar ~ March depeding on the area in Japan 

Primula Sieboldii Meaning – Desire, Long lasting love 

Rape blossom (なのはな) February ~ June 

Rose (ばら) May ~ October / Red Rose Akaibara Meaning – Romance 

Sasanqua Early winter 

Spider lily Early autumn 

Sunflower Himawari (ひまわり) Summer Meaning – Adoration, Loyalty, Longevity 

Tullip (チューリップ) March ~ May / Red Tulip Akaichurippu Meaning – Fame, Eternal love 

Violet Sumire Meaning – Love, Sincerity, Small bliss 

Wisteria (ふじ) May 

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