A kimono can showcase a diverse range of beautiful art, but many patterns and images hold deep-rooted meanings in Japanese tradition. While some modern designs draw inspiration from Western society, certain recurring motifs have profound symbolism:
- Chrysanthemum: Symbolizes long life and rejuvenation, adopted as Japan’s official emblem and associated with the imperial family.
- Karakusa: A pattern of flowers and stems symbolizing eternity and family legacy.
- Sakura: Cherry blossoms, representing spring and the fleeting nature of beauty.
- Tsubaki: Camellia or tea flower, with different colors conveying various meanings like red for love and white for unrequited desire.
- More Flower Patterns: Matsuba symbolizes steadfastness and wisdom, Paulownia represents divine guidance and femininity, Bamboo signifies longevity, Iris protects from malevolent spirits, Bellflower symbolizes genuine love, and Peony embodies wealth, fortune, and honor.
- Crane: Revered for longevity and good luck, formerly exclusive to nobles’ garments.
- Peacocks: Portray love and kindness.
- Plover: Represents strength and persistence due to its migratory nature.
- Tortoise: Symbolizes longevity and a good life, associated with living for 10,000 years in Japanese myth.
- Koi: Represents success in life, with a legend suggesting that a koi turning into a dragon signifies achievement.
- Shippou: Represents the seven treasures of Buddhist lore.
- Seigaiha: Overlapping circles symbolizing the flow of life and fortune through time.
- Hexagons: Taken from tortoiseshell plates, symbolizing strength and longevity.
- Waves: Symbolize the sea’s strength and divine power, often used on war banners.
- Shima: Chain-like patterns representing strong community bonds.
- Koushi: Lattice pattern with thick lines for power and thin lines for elegance.
- Kumo: Depicts clouds or rippling air, symbolizing an upward motion towards the heavens and the watchful eyes of the gods.
- Yagasuri: Arrow shapes representing steadfastness and determination.
- Sayagata: An interlocking set of manji representing life and strength from Buddhist lore.
- Yukiwa: Depicts the Japanese concept of a snowflake.
- Igeta: Square shape symbolizing a well, associated with life and luck.
- Uroko: Interlocking triangles resembling dragon or snake scales, offering protection against evil.
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