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The lawn grass kanji is intimately tied to the theater world. Knowing about 芝 therefore enables you to discuss the pretension and theatrical behavior that can characterize that culture. Learn how to use the word for "theater" to say that someone is faking something (such as illness).
Sept. 14, 2012: I added a photo to page 10.
Apr. 6, 2012: I fixed a typo that had been lurking there for about two years. Eek! Also, I added a photo to page 9. Finally, image quality is now higher.