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Motif Information
Motif hagi 01.jpg
Rōmaji Hagi
English Bush clover
Kana はぎ
Season Autumn
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Motif Type Plant

Hagi refers to bush clover (Lespedeza spp.). There are about thirty species of bush clover native to Japan, but most commonly depicted is Lespedeza japonica or its close relative Lespedeza bicolor. Hagi is low bush-like plant belonging to the legume family. Like other legumes, hagi is valuable to farmers as a nitrogen-fixer, as a reducer of erosion, and as animal fodder. Hagi seeds are edible when ground and boiled and the leaves can be steeped to create an herbal tea.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Hagi is strongly associated with autumn.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

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Auspicious Nature

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Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Hagi is a bush with slender branches and small round leaves. The leaves are usually depicted in bunches of three, clover-like, and have a single vein drawn from base to tip. The flowers are humble and tiny, arranged in little racemes like tiny little fuji inflorescences.

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Hagi is the first mentioned seven grasses of autumn. It appears over one hundred times in the Manyoshu, making it the most well known of the autumn grasses.

In The Tale of Genji, Genji’s wife Murasaki lies on her deathbed, and their thoughts move to the hagi growing in Murasaki’s garden as they make final farewells.

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