About the Japanese Flower Business

The Flower Culture of Japan 日本の花文化

Through the ages, the people of Japan have admired nature. The 8th-century literary work “Manyoshu”or “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves” contains the first known reference to the Japanese appreciation of flowers.
Readers of this oldest known poetry collection in Japan can discover numerous descriptions of nature and flowers.
Evidence of reverence for nature appears not only in literature but also in visual art and design.

Kimono textiles and various kinds of traditional Japanese crafts incorporate images of flowers and plants. The culture of decorating with flowers appears to have originated as offerings to Buddha. This practice evolved into the art of Ikebana in the mid-15th century and has been passed down to modem times. Flower admiration in Japan began with picking wildflowers. With the introduction of gardening techniques from China, the culture of growing beautiful flowers for enjoyment developed.

Cultural appreciation of flowers was only common among the privileged aristocratic class in the chaotic times preceding the politically stable Edo Era of the17th to19th centuries. As social mayhem subsided, the general public gained the freedom of time and resources to develop a deep admiration for flowers. Political unification gave birth to the development and popularization of Japanese floriculture. Japan's love of flowers continues to this day.