The Garden of Evening Mists Symbols & Objects

Tan Twan Eng
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Ling's Tattoo

Ling's tattoo is symbolic on several levels, including her trust in the Japanese artist, Aritomo. The tattoo also symbolizes the region as Aritomo saw it, complete with directions to the prison camp where Ling was held. The tattoo also came to symbolize Ling's effort to come to peace with the years of imprisonment, Yun Hong's death, and the people who failed to protect her.

Yun Hong's Garden

Yun Hong's imaginary garden symbolized a peaceful place where she could escape from the harsh realities of the Japanese prison camp. Ling helped create the imaginary garden and used it herself as a means of escape. Ling later felt the need to actually create the garden as a way of honoring Yun Hong, but she was not able to do so until she returned to Yugiri after her retirement.

Magnus's Eye

Magnus wore an eye patch over one...

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