The chrysanthemum, or kiku in Japanese, is a flower that has become very popular, especially in Asia, where it is widely cultivated and esteemed. There are more than 100 known species and originally its color was yellow, which made it be called the "golden flower".
It is said that it was Buddhist monks who brought the chrysanthemums to Japan, which because of their resemblance to the rising sun, eventually became a symbol of the country and Japanese royalty.
In Europe, the flower was cultivated through genetic modifications. Thanks to these modifications, a variety of colors could be created: purple, yellow, white, pink, and orange.
Its meaning varies according to the local culture. Generally the flower is associated with many positive things such as glory, joy, hope, perseverance, generosity, prosperity, friendship, and love. In Asia they are a symbol of happiness and "a full and complete life. White chrysanthemums are associated with truth and sincerity. In Taoism, it represents simplicity, perfection, tranquility, and is seen as a mediator between heaven and earth or life and death.
There is a legend that tells the story of a small town that had residents who lived to be 100 years old. They say that the people drank the water that came from a mountain surrounded by chrysanthemums, and for this reason the flower became a symbol of longevity and rejuvenation.
Meaning of Chrysanthemum Tattoo:
- Rising Sun
- A full and complete life