Say It with a Bouquet: Japan’s Language of Flowers

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Savvy Tokyo

Learn the meanings behind popular flowers in Japan and how different colored blooms can send varying messages. Up your floral and Japanese cultural knowledge with this primer on hana kotoba (flower symbolism) and gift-giving! Red roses for love, the rose as June’s flower of the month…Although I have an avid interest in everything botanical, before becoming immersed in Japanese culture, I can’t say that I actively engaged with the meanings of flowers beyond the most popular ones above. But, in Japan, as well as sharing similar meanings as those found abroad, flowers have also been bestowed with…

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