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ear of grain plant; tip of pointed object
Kanji 1460

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Synopsis

How do a cattail, calligraphy pen, and fishing rod relate to 穂? When an ear of rice hangs low, what does that figuratively mean in Japan? How about a grafted plant? Which name for Japan means “Land of Abundant Rice”? Why would a faucet be compared to a rice plant on Amazon? Which French painting related to grain is famous in Japan? Read the essay to find all these answers and more!

Revision History:

Oct. 8, 2018: p. 8: In the striker photo, I corrected the yomi and definition of 少女 (しょうじょ: young girl) and changed the translation of the sign accordingly.

Nov. 9, 2017: p. 2: Corrected some botanical information. A cattail starts out looking like a corn dog, then grows whitish fluff, which then blows away, leaving the seed head looking like a corn dog again!

Originally published: May 19, 2017

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Cover of essay 1460 on 穂, titled "Tip of the Grain"
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
スイ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
STROKES15
RADICAL禾 (115: grain)
JLPTN1
HALPERN833/1139
HENSHALL1460/1565
SPAHN5d10.2