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9/9/2008 Japan-- Today is Chrysanthemum Day in Japan. This traditional Chrysanthemum Festival is one of the five sacred festivals of ancient Japan. A wondrous display of chrysanthemum varieties is presented on this day. Figures of trained chrysanthemums are exhibited, chrysanthemum wine is drunk and, in Korea, chrysanthemum cakes are eaten. An interesting custom associated with this festival is that of putting cotton wool on chrysanthemum flowers on the festival day's eve. The next morning, the cotton, now wet with either dew or frost, is removed and the body wiped with it. This is known as "cotton nursing of the chrysanthemum" and shows the desire both to protect the flowers and to use the dew of the early frosts to cure the ailments of humankind.

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