Hagiwara Hiroko one of my collaborators on Women of Japan, has written a brilliant introductory commentary on the project. You can read part of it here on Body Impolitic. It's been in process for along time and I'm really happy to have it completed.
I've been thinking for a while about a nightshade pendant, otherwise know as deadly nightshade. When I was about 8, I lived part of the time up a dirt road in the country in Connecticut. Lots of big rocks from the glacier paths and small flowers. One of my favorites was the small purple nightshade flower. i had no idea it was a poisonous plant until years later. Fortunately, I never had the impulse to eat the berries.