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rice plant; lightning
Kanji 1656

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Synopsis

This kanji has quite a split personality. Growing rice (稲) is a deeply down-to-earth pursuit. But 稲 is also linked to fanciful notions that lightning impregnates rice and that tofu-loving foxes are messengers for the god Inari (稲荷). He is reputed to help with crops, health, sex, and money, so Inari shrines abound, steeped in fox statues and other symbols—all a far cry from farmers’ earthy concerns.

Revision History:

Apr. 30, 2019: p. 4: Added info. to the photo caption about the history of rice cultivation.

Apr. 27, 2019: Originally published.

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Cover of essay 1656 on 稲 (rice plant), "The Plant That Sustains a Nation"
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トウ
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