Once again WordPress won’t let me make an image gallery – I am thinking that WordPress and Google’s web browser are not very compatible. So, that just means that your web browsers will suffer a little from large images.
Every year Kawagoe has a small Chrysanthemun Festival at Kitain Shrine (a mere five minute walk from my apartment). It is not a very big festival, but it seems to hold significance for many of Kawagoe’s residents. Another name for this festival is “Festival of Happiness” and it is meant to celebrate this flower each year. A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life. The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century AD, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal.