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Flowers

Japanese people have been celebrating various seasonal occasions with special ikebana. Out of them, five typical festivals are called gosekku, and symbolic flowers are used in ikebana.

Jan 1 shogatsu (new year's day) matsu (pine tree)
Mar 3 momo-no-sekku (girls' festa) momo (peach)
May 5 tango-no-sekku (boys' festa) shobu (iris)
Jul 7 tanabata (star festa) take (bamboo)
Sep 9 choyo-no-sekku (chrysanthemum
festa)
kiku (chrysanthemum)

Flowers and Plants used in Auspicious Occasions

TAKE
(Bamboo)
take nanten
(nandina, nandida)
nanten
sasa
(bamboo grass)
sasa suisen
(narcissus)
suisen
tsuru-ume-modoki
(bittersweet)
tsuruumemodoki momo
(peach)
momo
tsubaki
(camellia)
tsubaki matsu
(pine tree)
matsu
senryo
(chloranthemum)
senryo omoto
(rohdea)
omoto
kiku
(chrysamthemum)
kiku kanchiku
(non-hollow bamboo)
kanchiku
shobu
(iris)
shobu botan
(tree peony)
botan
mikan & yuzu
(orange)
mikan shidare-yanagi
(weeping willow)
shidareyanagi
ume
(plum, apricot)
ume ume-modoki
(winterberry)
umemodoki
boke
(quince)
boke roubai
(wintersweet)
roubai
Ikebana Schools
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Ryuseiha
Saga Goryu
Saga Goryu
Shinpa Seizan
Shinpa Seizan
Sogetsu
Sogetsu
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