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Chigusa no hana, Kono Bairei, 1890.

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Cannabis was first introduced into Japan most likely from the Asian mainland about 18,000 years ago.

The Japanese word asa is used to refer collectively to fibre crops including jute, flax and hemp. Cannabis in Japan is more explicitly referred to as taima (tall or large hemp), which is derived from dà má, the original Chinese name for hemp.

Many of the images on the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum website are available for reproduction. Please contact us for more information.

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