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to carve; sculpt; chisel; tattoo
Kanji 1590

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Synopsis

Do you know the purpose of the tiny sculptures known as netsukes? Do you know how a pharmacist’s mortar relates to a way of engraving? Do you know why the Japanese compare some people to sculptures or why two constellation names include 彫? Do you know about traditional tattoos that cover a great deal of the body, with the picture often coming directly from ukiyoe? You soon will!

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Cover of essay 1590 on 彫 (to carve), "A Cut Above the Rest"
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