Hibiscus, known as the "shoe flower" in Indonesia

Hibiscus, a typical tropical and subtropical flower

The hibiscus is also known in Japan as Fusouge or Bussouge, and is a symbol of the tropics, such as Indonesia, and the subtropics, such as Okinawa and Hawaii, where it is designated as the state flower, and in Hawaii, where it is designated as the state flower, a woman who puts the flower in her right ear means she is unmarried and a woman who puts it behind her left ear means she is married.

The prevailing theory is that the hibiscus was named after the Greek word hibiskos by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Roman botanist, writer, and physician, while another theory is that the hibiskos comes from the goddess of beauty (hibis), but this is not well understood.

The hibiscus, called bunga sepatu (shoe flower) in Indonesia, is said to be native to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, and as a result of cross-breeding all over the world, there are now more than 200 species of hibiscus.

Personally, I like the single-petaled, large petal type, and I had a large white, yellow and pink hibiscus in my patio at my house in Bali more than 10 years ago, but I especially like the Hawaiian type variety called 'Madonna', which I called bendera Jepang (Japanese flag) because of the red center of the large white petals (sorry, no photo).

The language of flowers is a term given to plants to give them a symbolic meaning, and although the general language of the hibiscus is "delicate beauty", each color has a slightly different meaning, as the flower comes in many different colors.

  • White: purity, beauty and elegance
  • Yellow: happiness, sunshine, good luck
  • Pink: a loving friendship
  • Violet: Enigma
  • Red: love and passion

Healthy Hibiscus Tea

In general, the amount of water is important in growing plants, and while home alocasia and anthuriums can quickly turn their leaves yellow and root rot if too much water is used, hibiscus is an easy plant to grow as it can be watered adequately every day without any problems.

One of the most important things to do is to fertilize regularly, and the current potted hibiscus at the Bekasi house is fertilized every other week with a strong root growth fertilizer and a flowering fertilizer, but if this is not done, the flowering buds will fall off before they can bloom.


Another important thing to do is to check the underside of the leaves and the stems for pests if you feel that the leaves have lost any of their vigor.

Hibiscus is easily attacked by pests such as aphids and beetles, so if the leaves are shuffling even though they are well-watered, they are usually covered with insects and should be sprayed with a misting solution (Anti hama).

Hibiscus tea, the famous flower tea as well as jasmine tea, has diuretic and bile secretion effects, and is expected to help detoxify the body, promote skin cell metabolism, and reduce blood cholesterol levels.

When I drank this hibiscus from a souvenir in Africa, I almost threw up when I tried boiling it and it tasted so bad, but it seems that hibiscus is a herbal medicine in Africa as well.


情報共有 1

The sharing of visible results leads to a common recognition of the problems, but if there are people who are troubled because the scarcity of information is diminished by the increasing sharing, the political power to increase the position by monopolizing useful information is at work.

インドネシアのスタバの店員にありがたい人生の教訓を教わった件 2

When you order your usual iced coffee at your regular Starbucks, a familiar clerk usually talks to you in a friendly and familiar way, like "You came at an unusual time today," or "Is your usual iced coffee okay today?

宗教によって異なる「死んだらどうなる」の考え方 3

Both Christianity and Islam are religions derived from Judaism and believe in the one and only God, Jesus Christ (God Himself) or Allah, respectively.

株価操作なんてインドネシア株では当たり前 4

Stock prices fluctuate with sell and buy orders, and if you get a lot of sell orders and a lot of buy orders, the other investors will follow suit with "me too" and the stock will go up.

心臓に毛が生えたインドネシア人のずうずうしい転職活動を応援してみた 5

Since many Indonesians can't maintain mental stability without revealing a secret story to someone else.

日系企業のインドネシアでの存在意義 6

If Japan's population continues to decline at the current rate, domestic demand will continue to shrink, and if this happens, it is inevitable that domestic companies that find it difficult to survive in the Japanese domestic market alone will look for ways to make a living in overseas markets.

チャンスはあるが勝てる分野が 7

After living in Indonesia, talking to people on my own, and gradually understanding the local situation, I realized that starting a business in Indonesia is surprisingly difficult. The reason for the difficulty is the high shipping costs and tariffs, the competition from local companies, and the high running costs of IMTA and DPKK.

インドネシアのシステムインテグレーション業界 8

The other day, I had the opportunity to exchange opinions with JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) about IT investment by Indonesian SMEs, and they raised an important issue related to the existence value of system integrators, such as "How can we explain the cost benefits of system investment?

肉体と精神と心と魂 9

Speaking of "Body and Soul," it's the debut song of SPEED, a member of the LDP's House of Councillors, Eriko Imai, who was unofficially appointed as parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office following yesterday's cabinet reshuffle, and the name of a long-established Indonesian women's fashion brand.

ジャカルタのラーメン市場 10

I came to Indonesia for the first time in October 1997. I didn't understand Indonesian, my job was hard, the people around me were unreasonable, and there was a time when I wanted to go back to Japan for a while.

ブランド力、技術力、資金力の3要素 11

After the Jakarta riots of 1998, when the rupiah plummeted and domestic companies with foreign dollar-denominated debt were struggling to pay interest, I was looking for a new business in Indonesia that would allow me to earn foreign currency.

日本とインドネシアの間でのタイムマシン経営が通じなくなっている件 12

I think that Yoshinoya overcame the frame of Japanese food and became Indonesian soul food. I am happy to see the scene where Japanese food culture is accepted by Indonesian people.

不景気の歴史 13

Since I came to Indonesia, I have seen the economic recession several times, but because of the spread of the new coronavirus this time, the economy will definitely go into recession, and in a few years' time it may be called corona shock or corona recession.

日本のバブル経済崩壊後とインドネシアの通貨危機後 14

When I entered university in 1991, at the end of the bubble economy, land and stock prices were exploding, Mitsubishi Estate had bought the Rockefeller Center Building, a symbol of America, and the women of the one-length body-con (like the Bubbly Dance of Tomigaoka High School's dance club) were dancing at Juliana Tokyo in the waterfront bay area, waving their fans.

内需と外需の自国経済に及ぼす影響 15

The situation in Japan is that even if public works investment is made, the money stays in the savings of companies and individuals, and domestic consumption does not increase, while the situation in Indonesia is that even if domestic consumption increases, the ratio of imported consumer materials is high, and domestic assets are flowing out to foreign countries.

2019年の総選挙を前にインドネシア政治史のおさらい 16

As the campaign (Kampanye) for next year's presidential election (Pemilu Pilpres Pileg Indonesia 2019) is lifted, it has been decided that the order in which the ballot papers will be printed will be No. 1 for the incumbent President Jokowi and Vice President Mahuru candidate pair and No. 2 for President Prabowo and Vice President Sandiagauno candidate pair.

インドネシアの国土と風土が生み出す産地特有のコーヒー 17

Located in the coffee belt between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Cancer, Indonesia is a country suitable for coffee cultivation, and during the 300 years of Dutch colonial rule that followed the advance of the East India Company in 1602, Arabica coffee was brought to the country and cultivation began in the plateau region with a favorable climate.