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KIKU
 


Autumn deepens day by day,and the signs of winter are more visible. In the mountains,maple leaves turn red, while people wearing warmer clothes wander throughout the towns.

In this post,I will write about 'kiku'(chrysanthemum),the flower which represents autumn. While in recent years, we have been able to admire the kiku any time of year because of its widespread cultivation, I still think that autumn is the best season for enjoying it. Originally, the kiku was introduced to Japan from China as a medicinal herb in the Nara period,though nowadays, it is a flower that represents Japan as much as the 'sakura'. We don't only admire the beauty of the kiku but also display it proudly alongside prayers for longevity at the Choyo no Sekku(the Chrysanthemum Festival),and use it in flower arrangements at funerals,representing the memory of the deceased. In addition, it has been used as the Imperial crest since Emperor Go-toba adopted the design of kiku in the Kamakura period,and the design has been used extensively in kimono patterns,Japanese sweets and art. In fact,one could say that no flower is as close to the Japanese heart as the kiku.

The works in the picture above utilize the kiku motif. The white porcelain dish on the left is made by Katsutoshi Mizuno,the upper dish by Ito Akemi,and the right dish―on which the kiku is painted in blue―is made by Keiju Sakaba. The kiku is often used as a motif for Japanese tableware and is one of my favourite designs. It can be used in many ways, such as modelling the piece into the shape of the flower,drawing or painting the flower on the piece, and so on. Because this design is meant to produce a calming effect,they are understandably very popular pieces in my gallery. 


Hakuji-Kikkazara  
Katsutoshi  Mizuno 

Size W13.5−H2    Price 3,150Yen

Kiku-Kozara
Akemi  Ito
Size D10.5−H2.5    Price 1,680Yen


Sometuke-Kikumon-Gosunkatauchizara
Keiju Sakaba
Size D14−H2.5    Price 4,200Yen


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