Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ingenmame 隠元豆 painted by Itō Jakuchū 伊藤若冲

I often tested the Japanese I met how to write Ingenmame in kanji. Very few Japanese knew the fact that it was actually named after the Chinese monk Yinyuan who was credited for bringing this kind of bean to Edo Japan. Recently, Prof. Yang Kuei hsiang 楊桂香  taught me there is an upcoming exhibition of the Edo painter Itō Jakuchū 伊藤若冲 (1716-1800) in Tokyo from March to May. I have seen a similar exhibition in Shōkoku-ji 相国寺 two years ago but did not notice his painting of Ingenmame. Prof. Yang also informed me that in Fujian, it was called "vegetable bean" 菜豆 or   "Fujian bean"閩豆. The northerners call it "green bean" 四季豆. It is funny that this kind of bean will become souvenirs for visitors to take home on the first day of this exhibition.

左:玉蜀黍(とうもろこし)図 伊藤若冲    右:隠元豆図 伊藤若冲

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