The Chrysanthemum, or Kiku in Japanese, is a symbol that represents longevity and rejuvenation. When first introduced to Japan during the Nara period (710-793 AC), the Japanese Royal Family was fascinated with the Chrysanthemum. Eventually, during the passing of the years, the Chrysanthemum become the Imperial Family Emblem. It is important to notice that white Chrysanthemum are used for funerals and graves in Japan, so be careful with the meaning of each color too. On the other hand, red Chrysanthemum are given to the person you love or, at least, very high affection. In Japan each month /season has it representative flower. The Chrysanthemum is considered the flower of autumn, as it start blooming on September. See "Kiku-Chrysanthemum-Japan Symbol". Kusuyama Japan Fine Crafts. Retrieved 2014-12-13.