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wisteria
Kanji 2078

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Synopsis

From wisteria-viewing parties to hair ornaments to a type of doll and dance, wisteria has left its mark on Japanese culture. The 藤 kanji appears in the names of colors, plants, and animals, some with no connection to this vine. Above all, one finds 藤 in people's names. Thus, we have the Fujiwara period of art history, the Fujiwara effect, and the Fujita scale of tornado intensity. 

Revision history:

Jan. 30, 2018: Fixed some broken links. Also corrected the last kanji in an artist's name on p. 13. The name should be written as 伊藤若冲.

Apr. 3, 2015: Fixed a typo on p. 4 in the wisteria dolls caption and then reworked the text a bit, while I was at it.

Mar. 27, 2015: Originally published.

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Cover of essay 2078 on 藤 (wisteria), titled "Mass Wisteria"
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