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Ikebana International Chrysanthemum Exhibition: Celebrating Kiku Matsuri

October 17-18, 2015
Portland Japanese Garden
Included with Garden Admission

There comes that brief moment of awareness in the garden every fall—summer is gone and the approach of winter is inevitable. Each passing season is celebrated for the special beauty it holds in Japan. Autumn brings with it one last brilliant moment of color to share with the earth—the flamboyant red of the maples and the gold, rust, lavender, and white hues of the chrysanthemum, the flower that symbolizes an entire nation.

The Ikebana International Chrysanthemum Exhibition, celebrating Kiku Matsuri, comes this year to the Garden Pavilion.  It is the fifth of the five seasonal Go-Sekku festivals in the traditional Japanese calendar.

The chrysanthemum is the official flower of Japan. It has been cultivated there since the 8th century when it was introduced from China. The imperial family crest bears the symbol of the 16-petaled chrysanthemum, which has long been a symbol of longevity, dignity, and nobility.


White mums, yellow mums
and even the moon
Autumn ending