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The Meanings Behind Traditional Japanese Patterns That Even Japanese People Don't Know!? ~Part.2~

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Because the article: "The Meanings Behind Traditional Japanese Patterns That Even Japanese People Don't Know!?" is widely-admired, now let's launch the second part of Japanese traditional Patterns!

In addition to those I introduced last time, there are many Japanese patterns that are often used in daily life. Then I'd like to introduce to you the good sense represented by these Japanese patterns!

yukiwa snowflake circle japanese pattern wagara monyou traditional art

Yukiwa is a Japanese-style pattern with the theme of snowflake crystals. It is considered a good sign because the melted snow nourishes the plants in the mountain. Not only in the winter, but also in the summer, yukiwa is often used for its cool moral. The pattern can be a single yukiwa, and sometimes other patterns can be embedded in the yukiwa.

hishi rhombus japanese pattern wagara monyou traditional art

Hishi pattern is derived from the herbaceous aquatic vegetation - "Hishi". Because the hishi has very strong productivity, the hishi pattern is a Japanese pattern with the meaning of prosperity and impending ill fortune.

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Shippo is actually the seven patterning treasures in Buddhism. "Shippo pattern" is a shape overlapped by several circles, and is also commonly used in Japanese patterns. So the overlapping circles stand for the meaning of "happy ending".

tatewaku kumotatewaku japanese pattern wagara monyou traditional art

Tatewaku is a Japanese pattern that expresses the rise of stream. Since ancient times, people think the rise of stream is very auspicious, so the tatewaku is also regarded as auspicious Japanese pattern, which is often used with others Japanese patterns.

For example, the "kikutatewaku" with kiku (chrysanthemum), the "kumotatewaku" with kumo (cloud), and the "namitatewaku" with nami (wave).
Among them, as a noble Japanese pattern, the "kumotatewaku" was often used in the costumes or ornaments of ancient nobles.

namichidori chidori japanese pattern wagara monyou traditional art

Namichidori is a kind of Japanese pattern in which the chidori flies in the nami (wave). The wave symbolizes the worldly concerns, its moral is no matter how big the wave is, people shall overcome it, so such pattern represents the eternal love of couples and family safety.

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Moreover, 千鳥(chidori)=千取り(chidori)=千の福(thousands of blessings), so it is used to pray for victory and achieve the goal.

How do you feel? After reading this article, you will have a deeper understanding of Japanese patterns. Let us look forward to the third part!

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