Japanese Floral Design



Japanese floral designs were most commonly used for temple displays.

The style starting in the sixteenth century was to just throw flowers together and hope that it worked. In the late nineteenth century they started arranging them to make more sense. They would arrange them into miniature scenes from nature and were designed as upright, slanting, or hanging forms.

To the right is a Azalea

What flowers and what do they mean?

Aster- considered to be a talisman of love (Which is the flower to the right)

Azalea- femininity and softness

Camellia- could mean either unpretending excellence or perfected love, depending on the color.

Chrysanthemum- symbolized the sun

Clematis- mental beauty, art


Hydrangea- vanity and boastfulness or enduring grace and beauty

Iris- faith, valor, and wisdom

Lily- They symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death

Magnolia- Nobility

Narcissus- Formality and a message to a loved one to say "Stay as sweet"

Orchid- Luxury

Peony- Romance and prosperity, are regarded as omens of good fortune an d a happy marriage

Rose- Love and passion

Some of the flowers

Containers and designs

Tall bronze vases

Bamboo, tubular vases with one or more openings, hanging or standing boats, irregular root shapes

Round bowl of pottery or bronze, low, oval or roundish dish, and tall narrow-necked vases

Low container in dark colors or sometimes in light blue and white]

For rikka and shoka
For nageire

For moribana

For shoka and nageire

To the right is a magnolia.