from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chrysanthemum, extensively used as a decorative motive in Japanese art. In conventionalized form it constitutes the imperial crest of Japan. See kikumon.


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  • At the time, I had no idea that in Japan the chrysanthemum, or kiku, is the crest of the imperial family and that these arrangements are part of an ancient floral tradition that is at least 1,500 years old, something I found out when I visited the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) to see its magnificent new exhibition, "Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum."

    An Ambitious Celebration

  • The kiku display at NYBG is as different from them as chalk is from cheese.

    An Ambitious Celebration

  • When plans for this exhibition got under way in 2003, Yasushira Iwashita, the kiku master at Shinjuku, graciously agreed to take on Yukie Kurashina, a Japanese-born graduate of the Botanical Garden's School of Horticulture, as his apprentice.

    An Ambitious Celebration

  • She trained with him in 2004 for six months, learning all about the complex cultivation techniques needed to create kiku arrangements, and has returned to Japan eight more times since then.

    An Ambitious Celebration

  • For almost a hundred years, Shinjuku Gyoen has presented an annual fall chrysanthemum exhibition, and their seven styles of floral kiku arrangements are considered the best of the best.

    An Ambitious Celebration

  • October, the month of the kiku — or chrysanthemum.

    A Rhapsody on Japan

  • So strict was this injunction that even in the case of renovating a garment which carried the kiku-kiri crest by permission, the badge might not be repeated on the restored garment.

    A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era

  • People wandered the courtyards with classes of sake and beer, in awe of the splendid and devoted craft of the kiku artist, who works for weeks to produce an array of perfect blossoms in varying forms.


  • Nippostrongylus kendo kyu nisei kesa-gatame kyudo No keyaki linked verse nogaku kiaki mai noh kibei maiko nori kiku makimono norimon Kikuchi mama-san norito kikumon mamushi noshi kikyo mana notan ki-mon matsu nunchakus kimono matsuri oban kimono sleeve matsuyama, adj. obang kin mebos obe kiri medaka obi kirigami Meiji odori kirimon menuki ofuro kirin metake o-goshi koan miai oiran mikado ojime sub mikan Okayama, adj. kobang Mikimoto Okazaki kobe, adj.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1


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