Magpie and Magnolia

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Today’s post is showing a picture of Ohara Koson (小原古邨 1877ー1945). This time it is an azure-winged magpie on a magnolia tree. The blossoms are white and pink, which represents youth and innocence. The bird is a beautiful yet common bird in Japan. They are called onaga, meaning long-tail (cyanopica cyanus). Koson painted it approximately in 1931.

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