|English||Jumping Carp & Wave|
|Seasonal Exceptions||All seasons|
|Motif Type||Sea Animal, Scenery|
Often romanized as Ariso
Technically, the name of this motif is Iso Ara - Pattern of reef coast or stormy windswept shore, but the motif is nearly always shown as having carp jumping out of the crashing/breaking waves, to the point where the two motifs have become intertwined. It is most commonly seen on spring and summer items, but can also be found on fully lined winter items.
The motif was initially of Chinese origin, and was brought to Japan and made popular when it was brought over on damask fabrics during the Azuchi-Muromachi era.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Common Motif Pairings
The crashing waves motif nowadays is nearly always paired with jumping koi, to the point where they have merged into one cohesive design.
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
In its base form (without the inclusion of the fish), Iso Ara is mentioned in the Manyoshu.
Iso no saki kogitamiyukeba Ōmi no umi yaso no minato ni tazu sawa ni naku
As we row around the rocky headland, cranes are crying in flocks in the many inlets of Lake Biwa. 
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Author/s: Diane Quintal (Moonblossom (IG Username))