KIKU (Chrysanthemum)

KIKU (Chrysanthemum)

Chrysanthemum blooms in autumn and is the representative flower of Japan as well as Sakura and the symbol of longevity. Its motif is used fo […]

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Sanada, the best warrior in Japan

What is Sanada clan? | Rokumonsen, their crest | The best warrior in Japan | Sanada Strap What is Sanada clan? The land of Sanada’s or […]

Kaminari (Thunder & Lightning bolt)

KAMINARI motifs Square-cochleate design. Some of them form one combination pattern. It also is known as a Chinese traditional motif. “ […]

Sakura (Japanese Cherry)

We can see various motifs of sakura in many things. In many primary school, teachers affix such stamps to evaluate students results of homew […]

Cho (Butterfly)

The motif of butterfliy has been used on various things. Related posts: Japanese Traditional Colors – Overview Hitoe kimono for June a […]

Yukiwa (Snow Wreath)

The shape of the snow crystal is usually a concentric and hexagonal. The “Snow Wreath” is a stylized motif of the snow crystal, […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Purple

PURPLE We can say purple is the most noble color. (“Kodai-murasaki”is the most typical.) Since ancient times, purple has been the noble colo […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Blue

BLUE Since ancient times, blue has been liked by the common people while purple has been a noble color. Especially, “ai-iro” line is one of […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Green

GREEN Most of the greenish colors were generated by vegetation, and their names were also derived from vegetation as well as birds. *An exam […]

Kumo (Clouds)

In ancient times, the Chinese people performed augury by observing the figure or color of clouds which climbed toward the sky from mountains […]

Seigaiha (Blue sea and waves)

Geometrical or repetitive patterns are fine and repeating, and often used for the background of the main motif to enrich the total design. T […]

Usagi (Rabbit)

Rabbits have been popular with many Japanese people, and their motif has been used on various items such as table wares, kimono, obi and gen […]

Yuzen

What is Yuzen? | How to dye Yuzen | Products | Other Yuzen What is Yuzen? Yuzen is one of the tipical way of dyeing fabric. It’s said […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! This year is the year of the Horse. We have animal symbols in each year such as the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Ha […]

The Types of OBI

OBI Fukuo-obi / Nagoya-obi / Hanhaba-obi Designs of OBI Zentsu-gara / Rokutsu-gara / Otaiko-gara Fukuo-obi “Fukuro” means a bag […]

The Types of KIMONO

Index Contents Dyeing Piece-dye / Yarn-dye Tailoring Awase / Hitoe / Usumono & Seika Time, Place and Ocasion Furisode / Tomesode (Black) […]

Omamori (Amulet)

Amulet Many kinds of amulets such as road safety, the welfare of the household, scholarship etc. are sold in a shrine or a temple. But it&#8 […]

Omikuji

What is Omikuji? Omikuji is called “Fortune telling paper” and usually taken as a fun, but it is a message from the gods and ver […]