I chose white chrysanthemums for them because they have specific meaning. White chrysanthemums are funeral flowers in Japan. Buddhist alters are covered with them in order to respect one's life. The scent of mums reminds me of buddhist temples and my family shrine. Chrysanthemums also represent Japan's royal family flowers and emblems. Some Japanese people craft a Bonsai's cascade style (kengai style) and dolls (kiku-ningyou) from them.
I added pink carnations to express sympathy to children and young people who lost their life. Many of the victims have not had funerals yet in the midst of the tragedy. I pray for the souls of them.
Peace. Naomi Ryokufu.
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