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Meaning of Japanese pattern -A new product has arrived!


Konnichiwa! Hallo everyone!

Now, the new product, 【Japanese paper earrings & pierced earrings】 is now on sale!

Colored Japanese paper and metal parts with Japanese patterns are sandwiched between resin coatings.

Japanese tradition is packed in glitter!

You can order from 7 colors and 9 Japanese patterns in any combination you like.

This time, I would like to introduce these 9 Japanese patterns!

1.Shippo pattern

Shippo means "seven treasures" that appears in Buddhist scriptures, and a pattern that connects the seven treasures also appear. This pattern is said to be auspicious because it can be continued forever in any direction.

Actually, the logo of our shop is also designed from this cloisonne pattern!

2.Asa-no-ha pattern

A geometric pattern that uses a hemp leaf (asa-no-ha) as a motif and is associated with a regular hexagon.

Since hemp has a strong vitality and grows straight and large, it is often used in kimono for babies and children with a prayer for growth. It is a pattern that has been used for decoration of Buddhist statues since the Heian period.

3.Karakusa & cat pattern

Karakusa means arabesque. The arabesque shows how vines are intertwined. Since vines have a very strong vitality, they were considered to be auspicious as a symbol of "longevity" and "prosperity of descendants."

From the Meiji era to the Showa era (1868-1989), Karakusa pattern wrapping cloth became very popular in Japan.

By the way, our shop owner likes cats, so we combined it with this pattern! I think the tail of the cat and the curl of the arabesque match very well!

4.Momiji pattern

Maple leaves that turn red in autumn are called Momiji and represent "longevity." It is said that it was around the Heian period (from 794~) that people began to appreciate the beauty of Momiji leaves.

Momiji leaves pattern is often combined with other patterns.

5.Kasumi & Hamon pattern

"Kasumi" --which means Haze. This is a phenomenon that is vague and invisible due to fine water droplets and dust floating in the air. It is generated when warm, moist air is cooled to cold ground.

The name of haze changes depending on the season in Japanese. What is seen in spring is called "Kasumi", and what is seen in autumn is called "Kiri".

So Kasumi ​represents spring, but it is also used as a pattern that abstractly expresses spatiality and perspective, and has come to be used throughout the four seasons.

・"Hamon" --It is a geometric pattern that resembles a fan shape as an ocean wave.

From the image of the gentle waves rushing in a row, the wishes of "the eternity peace" and "the peaceful life will continue forever" are included.

6.Goldfish pattern

Goldfish are considered a symbol of affluence and happiness. It is also considered to be one of the eight treasures of Tibetan Buddhism, and they also have the meaning of "amulet".

It seems that it started to be called a symbol of affluence because the pronunciation of "goldfish" in Chinese is similar to the word that means "surplus money."

7.Chrysanthemums patter

Chrysanthemums have also been used as a Chinese herbal medicine for immortality and longevity during the Chinese Han dynasty. The chrysanthemum pattern has the meanings of immortality, longevity, sound health, and removing evil spirits.

The round shape is reminiscent of the sun, so it is used as the highest flower among the flowers.

In connection with the belief of Amaterasu Omikami (the Sun Goddess), it became a symbol of the emperor, the son of the sun, and eventually became the imperial crest. It's a prestigious pattern

8.Wisteria handguard

The handguard ​of the Japanese sword, "Tsuba," had a pattern on it that wished for victory in the war and prosperity of the house. In fact, it is also evaluated as a work of art.

The design with wisteria flowers has the meaning of "keeping good luck" because it grows by wrapping vines tightly.

Wisteria is a plant with longevity and strong fertility, so it seems that such a meaning is also included

9.Hexagonal handguard

The hexagon is the image of a turtle shell. In Japan, cranes and turtles are depicted as a celebration of longevity. Turtles have been regarded as auspicious for longevity, as the phrase "a crane lives a thousand years and a turtle lives a million years".

How do you like the meaning of Japanese traditional pattern?

Please combine the ones that match the color image and the meaning of the pattern as you like!


We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".

Hexagon is also said to be an energetically stable form. In fact, many of them are found in nature, such as beehives and snowflakes.





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