The Meanings Behind Traditional Japanese Patterns That Even Japanese People Don't Know!?
The Meanings Behind Traditional Japanese Patterns That Even Japanese People Don't Know!? ~Part.2~
The Meanings Behind Traditional Japanese Patterns That Even Japanese People Don't Know!? ~Part.3~
Countries all over the world develop their own patterns and small objects to ward off ill luck and evil based on their own cultures. This time in part 4, MdJ will summarize and introduce to you traditional Japanese patterns with effect of warding off ill luck and evil in Japan!
The Uroko pattern is a kind of pattern with the motif of scales. It is a design formed by connecting many triangles together. In Japan, this pattern makes people think about snake scales and thus carries the meaning of taking off bad luck and repelling evil spirits due to molting. From ancient times, it has been used as a pattern with the effect of warding off ill luck.
By patterning the mesh when weaving baskets with bamboo, it is known as Kagome pattern.
2 regular triangles put up in an up-and-down structure looks like the rokubosei (hexagram) which has the power of driving out evil, so people believe that it has the effect of eliminating demon.
From ancient times cucurbit has been famous for eliminating demon and back luck.
In Japanese, six cucurbits are called "六瓢 (Mubyou)", the pronunciation of which is the same as that of "無病 (Mubyou)=disease-free", so it has the meaning of disease-free and eliminating disaster.
The pronunciation of "Nanten" in Japan has the meaning of "難 (Nan)を転(ten)じる" which means shifting sufferings with good things happening, and therefore it is considered as a kind of auspicious plant.
What we would like to introduce to you as well is not a pattern but the "seven colors" with the effect of removing back luck!
Reasons for "seven colors" being a symbol of luck varies a lot, and one of them is that people compare Shichifukujin (Japanese 7 Lucky Gods) to seven colors.
As a result, merchants sell many small lucky items in seven colors.
What do you think? If you are looking for something in Japan to ward off ill luck, please be sure to take this article as a reference!