Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ōsaka Castle 大坂城

Last week visited Ōsaka castle and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was decorated with a very large landscape-like artificial hill composed entirely of flowers (represented a waterfall complete with bamboo bridge) for the chrysanthemum festival. Every year there are chrysanthemum festivals organized throughout Japan, as this particular flower is a prominent symbol of Japanese nobility. Known as the “sun” flower, the chrysanthemum was formally a symbol of the emperor, who was believed to be a descendant of the sun goddess. The highest order of Japan is even called the Grand Order of the Badge of the Chrysanthemum, which is the highest possible honor a Japanese citizen could be awarded during his or her lifetime.


  1. Thanks! It was quite a treat to see.

  2. Sensational photo. Ōsaka castle is one of my favourite Japanese castles. And, what you have here is a postcard-perfect pic. Well done.

  3. Wow thanks, from the Japanese Castle Explorer no less, great sight!