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10/14/2014

Mikawaya and kiku

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Mikawaya Ryokan 三河屋旅館 - Hakone
and the Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums have been cultivated in Japan since the Nara period. At the Heian court, Chrysanthemum shows and poetry assemblies were very popular.

Chrysanthemums became the symbol of the imperial family of Japan at the time of Emperor Gotoba 後鳥羽 (1180-1239), who loved this flower very much.

. Chrysanthemum (kiku 菊) .

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This Ryokan hotel has a lot of wonderful woodcarvings and decorations.



The entrance with white-painted carvings and the large chrysanthemum pattern, slightly assymetrical in its position.

神奈川県足柄下郡箱根小涌谷503 / 503 Kowakudani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa


Even with a Daruma on the shelf and the calendar !

- homepage of the hotel - with an English site :
- source : www.hakone-mikawaya.com



HERE
is a page with photos through the seasons and most of the special decorations
- source : mikawaya.com/gallery




Below the chrysanthemum are slits, so that visitors sitting on the tatami mats in the room behind could enjoy the landscape outside.

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Family crests with the chrysanthemun - 家紋 kamon


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The chrysanthemum of Mikawaya shows a slight deformation, since it is a modern version of the chrysanthemum pattern.

. Family Crest 家紋 kamon - Familienwappen .




The chrysanthemum crest from
. Yasukuni Shrine 靖国神社 Yasukuni Jinja . - Tokyo


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. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples .


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