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The Mark of Beauty

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The Mark of Beauty

This unconventional art program introduces the great variety of beauty to be found in the arts and crafts related to everyday Japanese life.

Hosted by Masao Kusakari


Mon.4:30 - 5:00
10:30 - 11:00
16:30 - 17:00
22:30 - 23:00

Mar. 9, Mon.*This program was first broadcast on May 26, 2014

The Tsubaki Camellia

Camellia is a well-loved flower in Japan. Indigenous to this country, it is found in every region except for Hokkaido in the north. Many cultivars were produced in the Edo period, from the 17th to 19th centuries, and today there are more than 2,000 varieties. The blooms are charming and richly colored. Besides its uses in bonsai and alcoves at home, we also introduce famous camellia beauty spots in Kyoto and see how camellia brightens up the gardens of ancient temples. Furthermore, how did camellia come to be associated with ladylike qualities in the West? We unravel the history and discover applications from bridal hairpieces to nail art.

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