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Why is this flower named “forget-me-not”?
The etymology comes from the medieval German legend of love.
German knight Rudolph tries to pick a flower
that blooms near the Danube for his lover Berta,
but falls to the river and drowns.
Rudolph then shook his last power and said, “Don’t forget me!”
Bertha is said to have decorated this flower with her hair to remember Rudolph.
It became etymology and became “forgettable grass.”
In medieval Europe, from this myth, decorating hair with “forgettable grass”
meant that boyfriends and husbands would not forget about themselves,
and many people wore “forgetful grass”.
This time, I express “sweet sorrow” by courtesan.
Oiran were historically high-ranking courtesans in Japan.
Oiran were considered a type of yūjo “woman of pleasure” or prostitute.
However, they were distinguished from ordinary yūjo in that they were
entertainers highly trained in the traditional arts,
and had a greater degree of choice in who their customers would be.
Oiran wears meaningful floral decorations to capture hearts of customers.
“Don’t forget me. Please come see me soon.”
But this hair ornament was made by a man behind her.
He is an employee of the courtesan.
“She will never love me. She is out of my league…,
but don’t forget me. I always behold you.”
Little beautiful flowers has his sweet sorrow.