32nd Chrysanthemum Matsuri

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The kiku (chrysanthemum) is not only the ‘royal flower’ of Japan, symbolising the royal family, but it’s also one of the symbolic flowers of autumn. Among other kiku matsuri going on at the moment, is this one at Yushima Temple, where over 2,000 chrysanthemum plants of various types are on display in grand configurations. The unique draw here is the display mannequins representing historical figures, as featured in an NHK drama, that are dressed in garments made from chrysanthemums. Unfortunately, there is no evening display available, so be sure to get there before the ever-earlier sunset to enjoy the flowers.