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At this time of year there are chrysanthemum shows and festivals all around the country. The chrysanthemum festival is held on September 9 of the old calendar (early October in the new one). The custom came to Japan from China in the Heian period as a day to celebrate long life, and high class people would gather to drink chrysanthemum flower sake, read poems, and compete for the best chrysanthemum flowers. There is also an elegant custom of covering chrysanthemum flowers with silk floss to collect the scent with the evening dew.
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