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 human habitation.
Many Japanese look forward to the chickes growing safely.

Swallows are one of the most familiar presence for Japanese for a long time. So the motif of swallow is often used in a design of kimono and obi for summer.

1. A parent bird sitting on eggs.
2. A nest built in a police car garage of “Koban” (a police box). It is the safest place in the world to nest!
3. Youngs are big enough to leave home soon.

Design motif of Tsubame

This is the typical motif of swallow and it’s used in casual kimono and obi for summer.