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Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji Jingu Shrine

Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮菊花展) is the annual event to look forward to. It is located just a few hundred steps from JR Harajuku Station, but provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s center.Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji JinguChrysanthemum is a fall flower that brightens up the gardens after the colors of summer have faded away.Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji Jingu

A beautiful Chinese legend says that chrysanthemum prolongs life, and drinking chrysanthemum wine may grant eternal youth, or at least longevity. Chinese wine parties on September 9th were quickly taken up by Japanese aristocrats in Kyoto, who completed them with reading poetry. Chinese people also favor chrysanthemum petal tea as a drink that promotes health. Japanese mythology says that when the god Izanagi was taking a purification bath in a river when his necklace turned into a chrysanthemum (and his two bracelets turned into a lotus and an iris).Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji JinguChrysanthemum is one of the most important flowers in the life of Japan. Originally brought from China, it became more popular and acknowledged in Japan. This noble flower was used by aristocrats until the imperial family started using it exclusively.Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji JinguNowadays each Japanese has his own chrysanthemum (which is the Imperial Seal of Japan) on his or her passport, and everyone can enjoy the flowers at shrines, temples, and gardens.

Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji Jingu Shrine is very entertaining. Some flowers are beautiful simply as they are, and some form intricate patters or figures.Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji JinguThey have interesting examples of chrysanthemum bonsai as well.Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji JinguChrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji Jingu

Information

Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Meiji Jingu Shrine (2015/10/25 – 2015/11/23)

Address: Meiji-Jingu Shrine, 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Distance to Airport: 84km from Narita Airport
Opening Hours: 6:10am – 4:10pm
Entrance fee: free
Tel: 03-3201-3331
Station: JR Harajuku Station
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Harajuku Station
Official website: Meiji-Jingu Shrine

Article by Olga Kaneda

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