The design on this red temari is called kiku, or “chrysanthemum”. Chrysanthemum is one of Japanese most loved flowers and different images of this flower can be seen on many traditional items, such as kimono, fans and ceramics. In fact in Japan there is even a Day of the Chrysanthemum (kiku no sekku) that is held annually on September 9th.
The chrysanthemum is the symbol of perfection, happiness, and is also the official seal of the Japanese Emperor.
The two flowers on the poles of the ball are different in size to make it look more interesting.