Admiring the beauty of Autumn, chrysanthemum festival
September 9th is known as the Choyo Festival.
Since ancient times, odd numbers are thought to be lucky in Japan.
On a date when odd numbers are repeated, it is thought to bring luck. It is also thought of as bad luck, so people celebrate the day, and at the same time, drive evil spirits out. The number ‘9’ is the largest odd number between 1 and 10.
September 9th is a real lucky day because it has the largest odd number in it’s date. It means “duplicating yang” (positive), called “Choyo-no-sekku”, so the day was designated as a day to celebrate longevity and prosperity.
“Choyo-no-sekku”is also called “Kiku-no-sekku”, literally meaning “chrysanthemum festival”. The chrysanthemum is designated as the national flower of Japan and is a common pattern used for kimono. The chrysanthemum has been used as medicine in Japan since ancient times and it is believed that it has the power of longevity.
So, chrysanthemums is arranged in the entrance and guest room floor of hotel kanra kyoto.
The chrysanthemums were believed to be auspicious flowers denoting longevity and eternal youth, and they were used as medicinal herbs.
At kanra spa, we have seasonal menu that is made for Autumn season called kikkaen is related with Chrysanthemum Festival.
We prepare chrysanthemums tea as welcome drink.
And also we use chrysanthemums foot scrub for foot ritual and polish your sole carefully.
After that cleansing foot by Japanese sake which made in Kyoto.
For 90 min of body treatment, we use chrysanthemums oil. The oil contain the active ingredient of special chrysanthemums that is from Kameoka city in Kyoto.
We prepare green tea and kikujyuto (sugar sweet) that from traditional Japanese sweet shop, Kagizen Yoshifusa for after relaxation.
Please enjoy for the atmosphere of Autumn at kanra spa and hotel kanra kyoto.
Seasonal menu “kikkaen”
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