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Chinese Fruit, Vegetable & Insect

Painting

Radish
& Longhorn Beetle
Summer Radishes
Winter Radish
There are many varieties of white radish in
East and Southeast Asia.
It was first developed in China but it is mostly
associated in the West with the Japanese
daikon, owing to the large cultivation of it.
Daikon
大根
is a generic name
for radish in
Japanese which
literally means “big
root”, and it usually
refers to the long
white Asian variety.
Mu or Korean
Radish

is a generic name
for radish in Korean
but it is often used
to refer to the
Joseon radish
조선무
In Hokkien the character for
radish is:
菜頭
which is a homophone for
“good fortune”
and is eaten during Chinese New
Year
White radishes are used
extensively in Asian cuisine
either boiled in soups, pickled
or used as radish/turnip cakes.
Nanakusa-no-sekku or Festival of Seven Herbs
is a long standing Japanese custom of eating seven herbs rice porridge on 7th
January.
Seven Spring herbs are used and daikon is one of those.
This ensures good health and to ward away evil spirits for the coming new year.
Chinese Masters
Zhang Daqian
(1899-1983)
(Qing Dynasty – PROC)
Bok Choy and Radishes
Zhang Daqian
(1899-1983)
(Qing Dynasty – PROC)
Bok Choy and Radishes
Zhang Daqian
(1899-1983)
(Qing Dynasty – PROC)
Radishes
Qi Baishi
(1864-1957)
(Qing Dynasty –
PROC)
Radishes
Qi Baishi
(1864-1957)
(Qing Dynasty –
PROC)
Bok Choy and
Radishes
Wu Changshuo
(1844-1927)
(Qing Dynasty – ROC)
Bok Choy and Radish
Wang Xuetao
(1903-1982)
(Qing Dynasty – PROC)
Radish
Lu Yi Fei
(1908-1997)
(Qing Dynasty – PROC)
White Radish and Red Radishes with Mushrooms
Japanese Masters
Tsukioka Kōgyo
(1869 -1927)
Woodblock Print
Radish and Mouse
Chiura Obata
(1885 -1975)
Woodblock Print
Radish and Daikon
Anon
Daikon
Beetle
The beetle is called

甲壳虫

jia ke chong

which includes the character jia

甲 which means the first.


Beetle painting suggests a
Chinese phrase

fu jia tian xia

富甲天下

“the richest in the world”


The Longhorn Beetle
The Asian long-horned beetle
The longhorn beetle is a species
of beetle which has distinctively
long antennae and is often as
long as the body itself.

They are serious pests as they


cause damage to trees.
The Asian long-horned beetle
is native to China, Japan and
Korea
The Asian long-horned beetle
is shiny black with about 20 spots
on each wing cover and long
antennae conspicuously banded
black and white.
The Asian long-horned beetle can fly for
short distances.
The Citrus long-horned beetle
is native to China, Japan and
Korea