cumberfoil said: I was told that Japanese think this flower is creepy because it’s a grave flower.
Yup, it blooms during Ohigan, the Buddhist celebration that takes place on Autumn Equinox Day. According to tradition, you should return to your hometown on these days, clean family graves and pay respects to your ancestors.
The flower has many names, including …
- It’s known as shibitobana (死人花), flower of the dead, because it blooms while you visit your ancestors’ graves.
- It’s called yūreibana (幽霊花), because the flower looks like a ghost.
- The most common name is higanbana (彼岸花), flower of the autumn equinox.
Creepy flower of death? Yes, but it’s a very pretty death, methinks. :)
PS: You might know all of this. I’m sharing extra information for anybody who might be interested. :)