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Motif Information
Motif hyotan 01.jpg
Romaji Hyōtan
English Gourd
Kanji 箪, 瓢箪, 瓢簞
Kana ひょうたん
Season Autumn
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Motif Type Vegetable
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Summary about motif.


Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

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Motif Connotations & Symbolism

According to legend the islands of Japan rest on a giant fish, Namazu, whose all-too-lively quivering causes devastating earthquakes. The god Kadori Myojin tries to keep the unruly fish calm with the aid of a magic gourd.

Auspicious Nature

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Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

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Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Several Japanese proverbs and idioms include gourds, including:

  • Hyotan kara kouma ga deru (瓢箪から駒が出る, Lit. A horse emerges from a gourd)[1] meaning an unexpected thing can happen.

In Poetry

Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions

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  1. Trimnell, Edward. Tigers, Devils, and Fools: A Guide to Japanese Proverbs. Beechmont Crest Publishing. 2004. p.55.

Image Credits

  • Kokoro
  • Muhvi

Authors & Contributors

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