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Motif Information
Rōmaji Aki-no-nanakusa
English Seven autumn grasses
Kanji 秋の七草
Kana あきのななくさ
Season Autumn
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious #
Motif Type Plant

The seven flowers of autumn are hagi (bush clover), susuki (pampas grass), kuzu (kudzu), nadeshiko (dianthus), ominaeshi, fujibakama, and either kikyou (balloon flower) or asagao (morning glory).

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Aki-no-nanakusa is an autumn motif.

Common Motif Pairings

Auspicious Nature

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Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

The seven grasses of autumn were often mentioned in verses of the Manyoshu, the earliest collection of Japanese poetry and song and in a later anthology of Heian court poetry, the Kokinshu.

In Poetry

aki no no ni Flowers blossoming
sakitaru hana o in autumn fields -
yubi orite
kaki kazoureba when I count them on my fingers
nana kusa no hana. they then number seven
hagi ga hana The flowers of bush clover,
obana kuzubana eulalia, arrowroot,
nadeshiko no hana pink,
ominaeshi patrinia,
mata fujibakama also, mistflower
asagao no hana and morning faces flower.

- Yamanoue Okura (c. 660 - 733)

Manyoshu: 8:1537-8

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