Western V. Japanese Meanings of Flowers

Western V. Japanese Meanings of Flowers

Sakura and Chrysanthemum are both symbols and national flowers of Japan, these flowers are said to invoke powerful emotions, and as ingrained within the Japanese culture. Japan like China and India has been using flowers within their culture for years and years. From the beginning of their society Japan has used flowers for medicinal and cultural significance. Here are some of the most popular flowers in Japan their meanings along with their meanings from the Western world.

Red RosesRed Roses known as Akaibara in Japanese – Just like all around the world, red roses are a symbol of love, and compassion and feeling. The Japanese are big believers in love, and since the beginning of time have used red roses to show affection.



CarnationsCarnations known as Kaneshon in Japanese – The Japanese also are huge fans of red carnations which they commonly use as gifts such as mother’s day. In the Japanese culture carnations symbolize love, and in the Western culture they symbolize a wide variety of meanings depending solely on their color. Red carnations represent and romantic love, while yellow symbolize rejection.



AmaryllisAmaryllis known as Amaririsu in Japanese – The beautiful majestic flowers stand for completely different things in both the Japanese culture and in Western Society. In the West we think of Amaryllis to be about pride, in Japanese they symbolize a shyness.



White RosesWhite Roses known as Shiroibara in Japanese – White Roses are not just beautiful they have various meaning, in the Western culture they stand for virtue, and chastity, they also are used on occasions of mourning. The Japan white roses are the driving force of devotion, innocence, and silence.




Yellow RosesYellow Roses known as Kiiroibara in Japanese – We often use yellow roses in North America as symbols of friendship, love, and devotion. However in Japan they are used and tell a pure story of jealously.