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Newsletter: Delivery Of Japan's Seasonal Tradition

Delivered on October 22, 2013
Delivery Of Japan's Seasonal Tradition: October 2013, Issue 3

Delivery Of Japan's Seasonal Tradition [Issue 3]
October 23, 2013
Japanese Traditional Culture Promotion & Development Organization


1. Seasonal Taste: Used as a herb: "Chrysanthemum"
2. News from JTCO

:: 1. Seasonal Taste

Used as a herb: "Chrysanthemum"

Chrysanthemums were indispensable in the Chung Yeung Festivals (The
Double Ninth Festival in China, please refer to our previous issue:
http://www.jtco.or.jp/en/magazine-list/?act=detail&id=105). In China,
where the flower is originally from, people have grown chrysanthemums
since the pre-era, and ancient people there religiously believed it
would work as the elixir of life. It sounds like a superstition,
however, their belief is partly justified by the fact that
chrysanthemums have proven medical effects.

Chrysanthemums contain Vitamin B, Vitamin E, manganese, potassium,
and some other minerals. Vitamin B keeps nerves and skin healthy and
Vitamin E has anti-aging effects. Manganese improves metabolism and
prevents oxidization. Minerals such as potassium can control blood
pressure. Because of these medical effects of its nutrients,
chrysanthemums have been used in a folk remedy to relieve eye strain
and reduce high blood pressure.

In the idea of Japanese Traditional medicine that developed from
Chinese medicine, people use chrysanthemums to alleviate cold
symptoms like a fever or a chill because they know petals of
chrysanthemum have antipyretic effects, analgesic effects, and
antidotal effects. Recently, it is reported that scientists
discovered the fact that extracts derived from chrysanthemum flowers
increased the amount of internal Glutathione, which is one of the
detoxication agents in the human body.

Camomile is a well-known western herb, and Japanese people call it
"Kamitsure-giku." In Japanese, "Giku" or "Kiku" means
chrysanthemum. Camomile belongs to the Asteraceae family as
chrysanthemum does, and it works as a sedative agent, painkiller and
tranquilliser. It seems like chrysanthemum has been a necessity in
the life of Western people as well as Eastern.

You may be surprised to hear chrysanthemums are not only medicine
but also food for Japanese people. As results of plant breeding, we
can buy much less bitter chrysanthemums on the market. You may dress
chrysanthemums with seaweeds and other vegetables in seasoned
vinegar, or you can fry them with a batter coating, which is called
Tempura. It is nice to put chrysanthemum on a side of sashimi,
sliced fresh fish. With chrysanthemums, you can enjoy its taste as
well as colour and flavour.

Translation: Hitomi Kochi, reviewed by Naotake Kakehi

:: 2. News from JTCO

Ideal for gifts: Japanese Traditional Crafts

Japan has hundreds of traditional crafts that have been inherited
over times, some of them have been produced and used in the daily life
for more than one thousand years.

You will know the reason only when you use it - Enjoy its beauty and
delicacy, as well as its durability and practicality.

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