There are many types of Japanese flowers including azaleas, camellias, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, cosmos, hydrangeas, irises, lespedezas, lotuses, peach blossoms, peonies, poppies, rape blossoms and tulips. The island country of Japan has excellent climate conditions for growing high quality flowers, which is one reason Japanese flowers are popular worldwide.
Other flowers also bloom in Japan, though in limited areas. For example, the city of Furano is famous for its lavender fields. Entire hillsides turn violet during July's flowering season.
Japanese flowers are not just beautiful, but many of them hold special meaning in the Japanese culture. For example, since the chrysanthemum is a symbol of long life and health, a chrysanthemum petal is often put at the bottom of wine glasses in Japan. It is also the symbol of the Emperor and Imperial family. In the Japanese art of Kiku, chrysanthemums are trained to create beautiful displays of floral art.
The lotus flower also has symbolic significance in Japan. In Buddhism, which is popular in Japan, the lotus flower is one of eight auspicious symbols. It is recognized for its ability to grow through muddy waters into a beautiful blossom.
Cherry blossoms also hold special meaning in Japan. They are beautiful, but they only bloom for a short time. Thus, they represent the transience and impermanence of life.