This Weeks book features an intricately drawn illustration of blossoming nojigiku flowers, otherwise known as “Chrysanthemum japonense.” The image was drawn in 1887 by botanist Tomitaro Makino.
This autumn flower, part of the Chrysanthemum family, has a simple beauty. It’s a perennial herb unique to Japan that mainly grows on rocky shores.
Makino discovered the flower on a natural path through fields. He named the flower Nojigiku, which means “Chrysanthemum along a wild path.” The flower is a symbol of truth and of a person you cannot forget.
The diagram below is labeled “Nov. 10, 1887 Kawaguchi” to denote the day Makino drew the illustration and the place he obtained the flower, which is present-day Kawaguchi in Niyodagawa, Kochi Prefecture.
The amazing, true-to-life illustration draws out the features of the Nojigiku, right down to the buds and the details of the leaf shape, as they were observed behind a loupe and a magnifying glass about 130 years ago.
The rough fabric of the book cover is modeled after canvas, and the vintage botanical illustration makes this book a joy to have in your daily life.
The cover has been constructed as a light hardcover book with some give to it so it still bends.