July 11, 2024

Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Kaizo-ji

In the tradition of Japan, the iris flower has the auspicious meaning of victory or "Shobu" (triumphs over evil), and is associated with the wish to grow into a brave and strong samurai warrior. 

There is also the legend that the slender leaf of iris look likes like the sharp bade of a japanese sword which enables a hero to slay any Oni (ogre) and demon. It is said that such a sward-like green leaf terrifies and exorcises all demolish spirits around us.

In the rainy season of late spring, iris opens its delicate and ephemeral flowers elegantly.

This plant has been believed to have the mystical power to ward off all evil spirits. In Japan, the annual Boys Day Festival of May 5th is called "Tango no sekku " which is also called “Iris Festival,” when people take Shobu-yu (bathwater with iris leaves) to pray their good fortune and health.

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