Japanese people love good luck bringers! Among all kinds of auspicious things, I want to write about plants that are considered to be auspicious in Japan.
Hozuki -Ground Cherry
It was believed to be a protection against lightning. During the Bon Festival (festival of the dead), it is decorated as if it is a lantern which guides the spirits of the deceased.
Nanten -Sacred Bamboo
It is a wordplay. Nanten = nan wo tenjiru = avoiding misfortune.
Fukujuso -Pheasants eye
It is also a wordplay. Fuku = fortune, ju = longevity, so = plant. Fukujuso and Nanten are often planted in the same pot and sold in New Years Days as a auspicious group ptlanting.
Sakaki -Sakaki Tree
The plant signifies the borderline of god and human. It has been used in the Shinto ritual from a long ago.
Asagao -Morning Glory
The continuously growing vine signifies prosperity.
You may be familiar with some of the plants above. Do these plants signify anything in your country?
This is JAPAN Style!