Wisteria expression of appreciation both graceful and tender
Wisteria flower, expression of appreciation both graceful and tender
In Japanese Kabuki (theater), we see the wisteria in its glory as in the famous classical dance of Fuji Musume or “Wisteria Maiden”. This expression of appreciation for the wisteria is both graceful and tender, just like the maiden’s namesake. As seen in this kabuki production, the Japanese symbolism for the wisteria is: Love, Sensuality, Support, Sensitivity, Bliss and Tenderness.
The story begins in Otsu, an area outside of Kyoto and around Lake Biwa. Otsu is a city famous for its paintings.
People would stroll its art-lined streets, viewing the beauty of the artisans works. One painting in particular, that of the wisteria maiden, caught the eye of a male passerby. As he gazed upon the painting, the Wisteria Maiden became infatuated.
So infatuated in fact, that she came to life, stepping out of the painting. The maiden is dressed in long flowing kimono, a black-lacquered bamboo hat and carrying a beautiful branch of fuji (wisteria). She writes beautiful, heartfelt letters to her love. The letters however go unanswered.
The story continues on as she dances under a beautiful pine tree, covered in wisteria. The dancer expresses the emotions found in unrequited love in the manner of women of the Edo era (1603-1868). Eventually, sadness and despair take over our maiden and, heartbroken,
she returns to the painting. Her return to the painting remains the last pose of the dance.
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