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The Japanese word for spring is Haru.
means flower.

This symbol is a Mon.
A mon is a Japanese family crest.
This particular mon is one of an orchid.
This motif is hand-painted repeatedly throughout the kimono as a pattern

From the scent of a single orchid comes the dream of a million springs.
Her eyes close gently over the passing of her childhood, and she breathes in deeply the fragrant blossom of her womanhood and new beginnings.

Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and color pencil

Original size: 14" x 28"

Created 1996 Copyrighted 1997
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo

1995-2004 Elizabeth Koval