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Motif Information
Motif asanoha 01.png
Rōmaji Asanoha
English Hemp Leaf
Kanji 麻の葉
Kana あさ
Season All-Season
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious No
Motif Type Geometric

Asanoha is a common and versatile motif. While named for the asa (hemp) plant, its origins are entirely geometric (comprised of six diamonds) and as such is considered a seasonless geometric design, popular for its visual presence. It is often used on komono, such as datejime, obi-ita, and obi-makura. It is also very frequently used as a background for more vivid patterns, and shows up in rinzu regularly.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

A geometric motif generally has no season of its own and thus can be worn throughout the year.

Also used as a kamon.

Motif Variations

Asanoha can be combined with virtually any other motif, depending on seasonality, formality, etc. It can serve as either the primary element of the design, or a more subtle background element. The pattern itself does not lend much room for variation, so the differences will come from what it is paired with.

Auspicious Nature

It was often used as a motif on items for babies, as "[p]arents hoped that infants wearing it would develop with the vigor and toughness of the hemp plant."[1]

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage


Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions

Image Credits


  1. Kyusaburo, Kaiyama - The Book of Japanese Design

Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Diane Quintal (Moonblossom (IG Username))