Japan: National Symbols                                          

The Coat of Arms

This yellow flower-like image is the Imperial Seal of Japan, also known as the Chrysanthemum Seal. It is used by members of the Japanese Imperial family.

 

Koi Fish                                

Koi fish or nishikigoi are ornamental varieties of domesticated carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.

 

 

 

Cherry Blossom Trees     

Believed to be native of the Himalayan Mountains, cherry blossom trees are so beautiful that it is common to take time off to picnic and walk amongst the trees during the blooming season in the spring. The tradition is called hanami or “flowering viewing.”

 

 

 

Maneki-neko                     

A waving cat, often found in the window or entrances of shops, is believed to bring good business.

 

Daruma                               

Daruma is a good luck charm that resembles a little red creature with no eyes. You paint in one eye when you make a wish and, if your wish comes true, you then paint in the second eye as a sign of gratitude.