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Essay 1141 on 菊 (chrysanthemum) Is Now Up

Essay 1141 on 菊 (chrysanthemum) is now up and available for purchase. Here's a preview:

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!

Also, the Huffington Post quoted me on kanji matters this week! In Anneli Rufus's article about sticky foods, I talk about the kanji for stickiness at the end.


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