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November 3, 2008

I hope there are places where Chrysanthemums are not connected to graveyards. I think it is not fair to these nice looking big floweryballs, nor the role they play in the often bizarre show off of materialised feelings of remembrance of the dead one witnesses around here on All saints day.

I read that they make Chrysanthemum-scented tea in China, but I’m not sure that I would like the taste. It’s strange how culture can shape your perception and associations, even if you rationally (and behaviorally) resist the prevailing norms and codes of conduct in question. It would still taste of graveyards and the compulsory tidying-up of graves for the sake of others that I had to do as a child.

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  1. November 4, 2008 2:17 am

    Chrysanthemums aren’t associated with graveyards in Japan, but rather the ideal of perfection. they even have a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate the flower each year.

    On an interesting side note, according to a guy I met in a hydroponics supply store, chrysanthemums have the same nutritive requirements as marijuana and when dope growers go to buy their growing supplies and they are asked what they grow, they always say “chrysanthemums”.

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