Gorgeous chrysanthemum flowers come alive with these festive ceramic serving platters. Perfect for putting on display as a decoration, or for carrying appetizers, desserts, cheeses, fruits or other dinner-party favorites, these Japanese-crafted plates are sure to be remarkable additions to any room in your home!
Chrysanthemum, or "kiku no hana," are beloved throughout Japan. Native to China, this beautiful flower was exported to Japan for medicinal purposes during the Nara period (710-793 AC). Decades later, the flower gained tremendous popularity with members of Japan's elite class. By the Meiji period (1868-1912), the Japanese royal family adopted the kiku as its official symbol.
Today, several varieties of lovely chrysanthemums are cultivated and displayed across Japan. In particular, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo is renowned for its annual November chrysanthemum exhibit. This anticipated show features thousands of examples of the beloved kiku flower in often elaborate arrangements.
With these floral-themed serving platters, you can brighten your home with an eye-catching depiction of one of Japan's most cherished flowers. Delightful kiku are pictured across the surface of each plate; some with lovely pink petals and blue centers, others with striking blue petals and yellow centers.
As a lovely compliment to the chrysanthemums, four large pink and magenta-colored peonies with alternating blue and yellow centers decorate this ornate plate. Cherry blossoms, another flower variety adored in Japan, and clovers also appear on the plate, and two ornamental balls accented with charming pink tassels give the piece a lively touch. This festive scene is brought together by a background of traditional blue and white "karakusa" wave patterns.
Each microwave and dishwasher-safe platter comes shipped from Mrs. Lin's Kitchen in a decorative green cloth-like paper gift box, featuring a sponge-type printed design.
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