Elegant Flower Viewing


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    A beauty with rolled-up sleeves is holding a kaeshi (pocket paper) in her mouth while she adjusts her kanzashi. Her kimono is of a bamboo leaf design with an area of peony flowers with three contrasting colours. In the background, ominaeshi (maiden flower) and kikyō (Japanese bellflower) are in bloom, which are both ‘seven flowers for autumn’. Hana-awase, its title, is a competition for the most beautiful flowers and also for exchanging poems with the theme of flowers. Here it clearly suggests a competition between beautiful women.

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