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Now Out: Essay 1689 on 梅 (Japanese apricot) and 5 New-Monics

The 393rd essay has posted! Essay 1689 on 梅 (Japanese apricot; rainy season) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

See how Japanese apricots (ume) relate to the rainy season, the new year, haiku, Osaka, a god sleeping in poisonous ume pits, shochu, senbei, syphilis, pine and bamboo, and childbirth. See how ume blossoms have inspired paintings, sweets, and color terms. Also read about ume-related pickles, a manly candy, flying ume, and shrines with connections to ume.

Also, Ulrike created the following new-monics (which are free!):

守 (300: to protect)
狩 (1347: hunting)
殊 (1348: special)
趣 (1350: taste)
囚 (1353: prisoner)


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