How to add a touch of Japanese culture to your event
Are you fond of Japan and would love to arrange an event inspired by the fascinating Japanese culture?
Are you looking for some ideas to create an original event or have some symbolic elements to make your wedding even more special?
Here you can find some suggestions and interesting tips to reach your goal.
Peony the Queen of flowers
In Japanese culture, Peony (Botan in Japanese language) is considered the Queen of all flowers, for its magnificent beauty.
The peony flower is revered as a bringer of luck and good wishes for a happy marriage. Symbol of love and affection, it is also a bearer of prosperity, honor, valor and nobility of soul. When it is in bloom, it is a bringer of peace.
It is therefore the perfect flower to decorate a wedding, but, being it an auspicious flower, it is also suitable for special events like grand openings, birthday parties or baby showers.
Its dimensions and beautiful colors allow lot of different floral arrangements without having a huge amount of flowers, from the simplest, using just a single or a few peonies and small flowers as a complement, to the richest, with a strong visual impact. Which is very interesting budget wise, but also if you wish to obtain a real wow factor.
The legend of 1000 origami cranes
An ancient Japanese legend tells that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes (Senbazuru in Japanese language) obtains the chance to make one wish come true. Some other stories believe that making a thousand paper cranes would bring good luck.
According to legend, the crane is a bird that lives a thousand years. Each paper crane therefore represents a year in the life of this bird. After making a thousand origami cranes, your wish will be fulfilled.
Generally this tradition is aimed at supporting a good cause or a marriage, that’s why you can find all over the web lot of pictures of weddings with paper cranes hanging from ceiling. It could be therefore a nice idea for your own event, if you wish to obtain good luck and a fabulous wow factor!
Moreover you could have fun with your guests, or children, and entertain them offering the opportunity to make their own origami, setting up a table with origami paper and some instructions to create them.
The koi carp
In Japanese tradition, the koi carp is a highly appreciated and respected animal, not only for its beauty as a colorful fish, but above all for what it symbolizes, that is mainly perseverance. The carp is also evocative of fidelity in marriage and good luck in general.
The carp (“Koi” in Japanese precisely) is considered one of the fish with more energy and strength. It is also able to swim against the current, and this is interpreted both as a nonconformist representation (the strength not to go with the current, but to follow one’s own path independently from the rest) and as a strength to overcome adversity. A Chinese legend (territory of origin of the carp symbol) narrates the ascent of a carp along the Yellow River, to then arrive at the Dragon Gate, after which it transforms into a dragon and acquires the gift of immortality; the meaning of this legend is linked to willpower and positive change, after their own efforts and sacrifices, underlining that anyone, with willpower, can also achieve important results by accomplishing great deeds.
This marvelous animal, with its strong symbolism, can therefore be used for graphic design of invitations, menus, booklets, etc.