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In the East, however, the chrysanthemum is a flower with a strong and positive symbolism and, for this reason, it is also given to weddings and birthdays. Excellent healing and medicinal virtues are attributed to the chrysanthemum, it has the ability to survive even in arid places, resisting frost without losing the petals even when it withers. For these reasons, the infusions of chrysanthemum flowers, leaves and stems and the dew that collects on the corollas at night were used by the Taoist magicians of China as elixirs of long life. From these customs of antiquity comes the preparation of kiku sake, rice wine flavored with chrysanthemum petals, to which is attributed the effectiveness in preventing diseases and prolonging life. For its symbolism the chrysanthemum with a 16-petal ray, (which resembles a sun with its rays) was adopted as a symbol of the Imperial Family (and therefore a national symbol). Originally it was allowed to cultivate this species only to the Emperor, inside the Imperial Gardens, and the reproduction of the image was authorized only to a few carefully chosen craftsmen.
The first to want to use this symbol was the Emperor Gotoba (1183-1198) who had a sword decorated with chrysanthemums built. Even the throne on which the Emperor sits is called "of the Chrysanthemum" and the "Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum" is the most important recognition that the emperor can grant. With the exception of the 16-petal chrysanthemum, which is reserved for the imperial house, in general the chrysanthemum is found in 150 noble family crests. According to tradition, the stylized corolla of a sixteen-petal chrysanthemum derives its legitimacy from the investiture received from the sun goddess Amaterasu. For the ninth day of the ninth month the court used to hold a "party for the contemplation of chrysanthemums" (kangikukai), inviting guests of great distinction and rank.Initially this festival was dedicated to the celebration of the Sun, then it turned into a festival dedicated to flowers since the ninth day of the ninth month coincided with the beginning of the cold season and ended the active and creative period of the vintage: in the chrysanthemum corolla the image of the solar disk surrounded by its crown of rays has always been recognized, the celebration was intended to prevent the decline of sunlight and the decline of the vital energy of men, ensuring the well-being of the community. The party consists of setting up and displaying chrysanthemums in pots of countless varieties, outdoors, in city parks and villages, sheltered by special canopies.
This custom has ancient roots: in the first decades of the seventeenth century the cultivation of chrysanthemums became a real pastime among the samurai and in the same period several feudal lords established special displays of chrysanthemums in the parks of their residences, indicating parties for a privileged and restricted number of guests, called to rejoice in the beauty of the flowers. These events were later imitated also by ordinary citizens, who stayed until late at night to admire the displays of chrysanthemums in gardens or public parks.