In the early autumn, when the lilies were dyed red in the fields, it was also the time when the Japanese went to the grave to commemorate the deceased.
Belongs or red spider flowers are herbaceous species native to China but very popular in Japan. With the characteristic of flowers, leaves never grow at the same time, it is associated with a sad love story, and at the same time a symbol of separation.
The flower represents separation
Belgium blooms in the fall, when Japan enters the Ohigan holiday, which begins on September 23rd. The name in Japanese for this flower is Higanbana, in which “Higan” is translated as “the other shore” – the land of the dead. So Ohigan is the day to visit the grave and pray for the dead souls.
The Belgian Flower is a herbaceous plant whose floral and leaf properties do not appear at the same time. Photo: Get Around Japan.
In early autumn, the blossoms began to bloom, covering many roads leading to the cemetery. Photo: Get Around Japan.
There is an explanatory story about the symbol of separation of the tabloid. Accordingly, in the past, two goblins, Manju and Saka (Japanese phonetic name) were tasked with keeping a flower. Manju is in charge of the petals and Saka protects the leaves. As a rule, they were never allowed to meet.
However, being curious about each other, the two goblins broke the law of heaven to secretly meet and fall in love. The sun goddess Amaterasu punished them by deciding Manju and Saka not to see each other again for generations. Therefore, the lilies bloom without leaves. When the leaves are lush, the blossoms also wither.
Lilies in Japanese life
The palm tree has a height of 40 – 100 cm. The stems grow close together and each plant blooms 5 to 7 flower buds. The tubers of thyme are toxic to mice and insects, and should be planted around the field to protect the rice.
At the same time, the Japanese also plant this flower in cemeteries, to protect the tomb from rodent disturbances.
Every year, Japan organizes a burlap festival at Kinchakuda Park, Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture in late September to early October. Millions of sage flowers bloom in the autumn sun, creating a beautiful scene. eye. The ideal time to see the red lily is at 10am.
This is the park that hosts the largest Higanbana flower festival in Japan. Normally, the witch hazel festival lasts from September 16 to October 1, is open from 9:00 to 16:00 daily with an entrance ticket of 300 yen (60,000 dong). To reach Kinchakuda Park, visitors can depart from Ikebukoro Station, Tokyo to Koma Station, Hidaka City, about a 10-minute walk from Kinchakuda Park.