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This page is about the flower motif, for the mountain motif please see Fuji-san.

Motif Information
Motif fuji 01.png
Rōmaji Fuji
English Wisteria
Kana ふじ
Season Spring
Seasonal Exceptions #
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Flower

Fuji or wisteria is a long-lived vine that blooms plentifully in the spring with long hanging blossoms of white, pink or pale violet. A fuji plant will not bloom until a late age (about 15 to 20 years). It is a long-beloved plant in Japan and often grown on trellises. It is a classical element in tsumami kanzashi.

Fuji was prized in Heian era for its gracefully trailing flowers.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Fuji blooms in spring, usually in the month of May.[1]

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

Fuji symbolises filial piety as its flowers bloom close to the branch.[2]

Auspicious Nature

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Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

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Motif Examples

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Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Example of fuji kamon used by Kineya Okiya of Gion Kobu

Fuji is closely associated with the Fujiwara clan whose power peaked during the Heian period and who used a circular fuji as their kamon.

Fuji Musume (藤娘, Wisteria Maiden) is a famous kabuki dance first performed in 1826. The plot of the dance is a young man admires a picture of a maiden carrying wisteria for so long that the painting falls in love with him and comes to life. The living painting dances her love and writes letters, which are unanswered. Heartbroken, she returns to the painting, freezing in her final dance pose.

In Poetry

Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions

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  1. Nitanai, Keiko. Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns. Tuttle Publishing, Vermont. 2017. p.21.
  2. Geisha names: Adakichi to Fusao

Image Credits

  • Moligami

Authors & Contributors

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