蝶 chou—butterfly

I saw this beautiful blue butterfly on a coffee poster beside the subway station:

There are a lot of very striking and colourful butterflies in Japan, but they don’t normally pose for photos!

I also like these flowers, growing wild through a chain-link fence on my way to the station. Check out the rotational symmetry:

 

Note on the word of the day:

The tragic main character in Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” is Ciocio san (the Italian way of writing cho cho-san), so her name literally means “Madame Butterfly”. 蝶々 chou-chou is the Japanese word for butterfly.

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3 thoughts on “蝶 chou—butterfly

    1. Hi fellow MITxer – I’m glad you found your way here. I wouldn’t say I know a lot about Japan, but as my wife is Japanese I have been coming here every year for many years, so although I’ve only been living here a short time, it’s not all completely new to me.

      On the other hand, I get the impression you are quite proficient at Japanese, much more so than me.

      1. Ah that’s nice! But really no matter how I try to be proficient in spoken Japanese sometimes I just seem to fall out from a typical Japanese conversation, just nodding my head off over some topic while giving sheepish smiles like aha..ha..aha…ha….ha.

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