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Nothing Says Merry Christmas Like a Green and Red Meisen Kimono

Written on December 23, 2009

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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This is a girl’s meisen silk kimono which dates to the early 20th century.  On the emerald green ground is shown a fanciful pattern of interlocking Genji-guruma or Genji wheels, a popular motif based on a Heian Period (794-1185) ox drawn carriage, a reference to the motif-rich and much alluded to 11th century novel by Murasaki Shikibu,  The Tale of Genji.

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…and many thanks to all of you who are regular and intermittent visitors to this blog.  It’s really enjoyable writing these posts and please do stay tuned for more in 2010.

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  1. Comment by MiA:

    My exam work at university was an essay about Murasaki Shikibu 🙂

    Wish you a very merry christmas!

    December 23, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  2. Comment by SD:

    Enjoying the blog. Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2009 @ 6:31 pm