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chrysanthemum
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Synopsis

Chrysanthemums are all-important in Japan. The imperial chrysanthemum seal pops up on coins, passports, and battleships. People eat these flowers, drink them, and dress dolls with them. There are mum festivals and a chrysanthemum month. We find 菊 in the names of movies, animals, and a stone. It has worked its way into folklore and is even in slang for a body part!

Revision history:

Jan. 4, 2020: Fixed several broken links. Also made these changes:

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Replaced the old Henshall etymology with the new one.
  • p. 14: Changed the name and location of the Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Festival.
  • p. 16: Revised the first paragraph.
  • p. 17: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

March 15, 2013: : Originally published.

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