Rangiku, or the Spider Chrysanthemum, is another one of my favorite motifs that I have very few of in my collection. As a consequence, some regular chrysanthemum (kiku) will be making an appearance, as I would feel negligent if I did not mention all facets of this very prominent flower motif.
Part of my fondness for rangiku has to do, in all honesty, with anime. Rangiku is the given name of a character in the manga/anime series BLEACH, of which I have been a long-time fan. I found it to be such an unusual name (though giving women flower-names is not an uncommon practice) that I had to look it up and found that it was for an 'unruly' flower.
|This kanzashi is now part of my collection. The photo is by the artist ImlothMelui, from whom I have purchased several other quality hair ornaments.|
Most often, the chrysanthemum will be portrayed as a compact bundle of petals, either round, or diamond shaped (to fit into hanabishi diamonds), but there are, of course exceptions.
|A 'wilder' chrysanthemum motif on faux-shibori yukata.|
I do have some of the more orderly blooms, though, and the next example doubles down on the chrysanthemum theme.
|Lined kimono featuring kiku in pattern and in the weave of the fabric.|
Traditionally, chrysanthemum are an autumnal theme, but their pervasiveness and importance as a symbol means that they can be found on garments fitting for any season. While the sakura, or cherry blossom, is often held up as a symbol of Japan, it is the chrysanthemum that is found on official seals and is the crest of the royal family.
Tomorrow, we'll be moving out of the garden and having a look at Sensu (Folding Fans). As always, I look forward to comments and questions you, my kind readers, may have!