The Red String of Fate
An Eastern Asian legend originating in China and also referred to in Japanese mythology as well. According to this myth, the gods would tie an invisible red string around men and women who were meant to be soul mates and in time, would marry one another. This magical string can twist, tangle, or stretch, but the ‘bond’ will never break.
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances.
ヴィム・ヴェンダース, Wim Wenders, 東京画, Tokyo-Ga (1985)
Kaishihen (Dissection Notes), 1772
More Japanese anatomy from the Edo period over here.
Traditional celebrations of beauty in Japan, like the annual rite of cherry-blossom viewing, are keenly elegiac; the most stirring beauty is the most evanescent.
Susan Sontag | An Argument About Beauty