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 […]

Hitoe kimono for June and September

Kimono without liner is called “Hitoe”, which means single cloth. As a custom, hitoe kimono is only wearable in June and Septemb […]

Tsubame (Swallow)

Swallows come to Japan at the end of spring, and they spend a summer and raise chicks. They usually build a nest of mud and grasses around h […]

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 […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Red

RED In the ancient times, reddish colors were generated by Akane (Rubia akane) or Benibana (Safflower). Purple is known as the noble color a […]