How many traditional Japanese patterns do you know?
There are so many traditional patterns here in Japan. They has special meaning each.
We are call “Monyou” about them.
So I’m going to talk about them this time 🙂
Popular Monyou and meaning
麻(asa) mean Cannabis, and 葉(ha) mean leaf. It looks similar to Cannabis’s leaf so it’s called “asanoha-mon”.
Cannabis grow strongly and straight so underwear for kids or newborn babies.
Also Asanoha-mon has mean of goodness for health so we use this Monyou for Nagajyuban(underwear of Kimono) currently.
≪石畳文（市松）≫ Ishidatami-mon (Ichimatsu)
In Edo period, a famous Kabuki actor worn this textile as a stage costume. His name was “Sanokawa Ichimatsu” so this textile became to call “Ichimatsu-monyou”
By the way, “Ichimatsu-mon” is used in emblem of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ^^
It seems scale (Uroko in Japanese) so it’s called “Uroko-mon”. It came from China actually.
Uroko-mon used to use Kimonos for men but now, it’s used Jyuban(underwear of Kimono) for women.
It has mean of “protect by scale(Uroko)” so we use this textile for Obi or Jyuban(underwear of Kimono) to avoid bad luck currently.
青(Sei) mean blue, 海(Kai) mean sea and 波(Ha) mean wave.
It seems a wave so it’s called “Seikaiha-mon”.
It became to use for Kimono since Edo period.
Circle eyes and thin bake. It became to drown as a chubby since Edo period.
Chidori is loved Japanese people since long time ago, you will see them on Kimonos or Obis still now.
矢(ya) means arrow. It seems arrow so it’s called “Yagasuri-mon”
Beginning of Showa period, Yagasuri was school uniform for girls.
The character of popular Manga called “ Haikarasan-ga-toru” are wearing Yahasuri also:)
These are signs of Japanese Incenses. It has 5 lines each signs for 54 patterns.
These named from “Genji Monogatari” each signs.
Were these any textiles you’ve seen ^^?
I’m going to show you my favorite textiles next!
My favorite Monyou!
We able to know traditions and habits of people in old from Monyous.
I’m going to talk about Monyou like you will be interested after you knew meaning of them*
It’s drown pictures inside of shell as a pair for 360, and then turn it and shuffling to not able to guess what is a pair. Then you can search what is a pair. This game was very popular for nobility.
It’s called “Karuta” now. We play it in new year. But it doesn’t shell though.
It’s drown beautiful Japanese picture(Makie) so you might find them on Obi or Tomesode (kind of Kimono) often.
I found it on my Juban (kind of under wear of Kimono)＾＾
Katawaguruma-mon is seen Kimonos of summer often.
In Heian period, wheel of an ox carriage for nobility dunk in a river to avoid too dry it. Katawaguruma-mon was born that scenery.
It’s my one of the favorite Monyou!
I have summer kimono with Katawaguruma-mon^^
Actually Karakusa-mon is a popular as a food for a robber but it is very luck charm Monyou!
It is arabesque pattern inspired by vines, which are vigorous plants.
It is one of the famous Monyou called Sayagata.
It is drown on Kimono or Juban since Edo period.
It is a Monyou of treasures. These pattern has special meaning each other.
如意宝種(Nyoi houshu)・・・any dreams come true
打出の小槌(Uchideno kozuchi)・・・avenge and dreams come true
丁字(Chouji)・・・use it to make medicine or incense.
宝鍵（Houyaku）・・・key for treasure box
巻物(Makimono)・・・symbol of knowledge
分銅(Fundou)・・・symbol of riches
Which treasure do you want to have? For me,ummm I will take Nyoi housh and Uchideno kozuchi maybe…lol
Recommend Monyou goods
How was this topic? Were there some Monyou you’ve seen before?
Actually There are over 300 patterns in Japan…so many!!!
These Monyou I talked were only part of them. So if you found any Monyou, please try to check it about what that meaning:)