Aki No Nanakusa are the seven autumn flowers in Japan.
In the Heian Period ( 794 -1185), the presence of these flowers in the gardens of the aristocracy was very common.
These flowers are:
The seeds of hagi were ground and mixed with rice and the leaves were used for tea.
Its roots are used for cooking after being pounded to obtain a white liquid, that is then dried to use. Though its flowers are colorful, the most known are its leaves, green on the top and white on the underside.
Sometimes called susuki, it is closely associated with the moon. At the festival Tsukimi (held to honor the autumn moon), the susuki is part of the decoration along with dango dumpling in order to celebrate the beauty of the moon.
In classic Japanese literature, the flower was identify as a beautiful woman as is sometimes referred to as “maiden flower”
Also reffered to wild carnation, it literally means ”caressable child”. The Japan Women’s National Football TeamT is also known as Nadeshiko Japan! ^^
A very surprising flower, as one day can bloom with purple flowers and the next one can do it with pink flowers, light purple flowers, even light blue ones!
Is used for medicinal purposes on diabetes. When the leaves are crushed, the smell is like the lavender and as so it is use as fragant oil.
The Seven Autumn Flowers are often portrayed in paintings, lacquer ware, carvings and kimonos.
This iPhone case made by artisans of the Fukui Prefecture in maki-e tecnique, presents all seven flowers. The gold on the background makes it look like an autumn sunset ^^
These flowers are also used on literature and poetry verses, like the next one from Yamanoue Okura, taken out from the Manyoshu (a collection of japanese poetry from the 8th century)
in autumn fields –
when I count them on my fingers
then they number seven
The flowers of hagi (bush clover),
obana (eulalia), kuzu (arrowroot),
nadeshiko (pink), ominaeshi (patrinia),
also, fujibakama (mistflower)
and asagao (morning face) flower.
Even if not part of the autumn flowers, the Kiku or Chrysanthemum, is a very important flower for Japan, as is the symbol that has become the Imperial Family Emblem.
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