How to say sunflower in Japanese

The Japanese word for sunflower.
The Japanese word for sunflower.

The Japanese word for sunflower is himawari. Himawari is made up of two words: Hi, which means sun and mawari, a slightly modified variant of the verb mawaru, which means ‘spin’ or ‘rotate’.

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RomanjiKanji
Sunflower
ひまわり
Himawari向日葵
Cucumberleaf sunflower
ひめひまわり
Hime himawari姫向日葵
Sunflower oil
ひまわりゆ
Himawariyuひまわり油
Sunflower seeds
ひまわりのたね
Himawari no taneひまわりの種

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Interesting facts about sunflowers in Japan

Sunflowers were introduced to China from Russia and during the Edo Period were brought from China to Japan. During this period sunflowers were called jougiku and the name changed to himawari sometime in the Genroku era (1688-1704).

Today sunflowers are one of the most popular summertime flowers in Japan and fields of them can be seen all across the country during the months of July and August. Check out these sunflower fields you can visit while in Japan.


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