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Kiku is a character in the children's show Little Bill- Little Bill's friend, a Japanese-American who adores nature, especially flowers. Her favorite hobby is origami.
I know this isn't exactly the same name, but Kikuko is the name Liza Dalby (the first ever Western woman to become a geisha) goes by when she is in Japan. Liza chose it when she first lived there as a teenager. It means "chrysanthemum child". Her geimei (geisha name) was Ichigiku. The "Ichi" part came for her older sister's name Ichiume, and "Giku" from Kikuko (Giku and Kiku are the same). I like Kiku and other names with that element, because I think chrysanthemums are beautiful (and they're not as hard to spell as "chrysanthemum").
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In the manga Hetalia Axis Powers, the human personification of Japan bears the name "Kiku," though he is male.
Because of him, I've always thought of this name as being very masculine.
Kiku Amino was a Japanese author and translator of English and Russian literature. Amino was born in Azabu Mamiana-cho and raised in Akasaka, Tokyo, where her father was a well-to-do sadler. Her mother left when Amino was six, after which she had three stepmothers. She graduated from the Japan Women's University in 1920 with a degree in English, then worked as a part-time assistant editor at a magazine, and from 1921-1926 a substitute English teacher at the university. In 1921 she published a self-financed collection of stories entitled Aki (Autumn), and in 1923 met author Shiga Naoya whose disciple she became. She married in 1930, living in Hooten, Manchuria, from 1930-1938, but divorced in 1936. She did not publish while married, but made a comeback with a collection of short stories called Kisha no nakade (On the Train) in 1940. She was a member of the Japan Art Academy and received the 1947 Women's Literature Prize for Kin no kan (A Golden Coffin), and the 1967 Yomiuri Prize and Japan Academy of the Arts prize for her short story Ichigo ichie (Once in a Lifetime). She is buried in Aoyama Reien, 2-32-2 Minami Aoyama, where Shiga Naoya is also buried.
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