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Motif Information
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Romaji Kaigara
English Seashell
Kanji 貝殻
Kana かいがら
Season Unknown
Seasonal Exceptions Unknown
Auspicious No
Motif Type Fish, Sea Animal
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Kaigara 貝殻 (or Kaikaku; seashells) are a multi-seasonal motif, appearing on kimono from awase to ro/sha. Several variants of seashells are found as motifs, with common types including scallops, murex (from which purple dye can be derived), turbinids such as Guildfordia triumphans and wentletraps. )


Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Seashell motifs appear on items ranging from awase kimono to ro/open-weave items, and can be considered multi-seasonal unless paired with season-specific items.

Common Motif Pairings

  • Nami (waves)
  • Ningyou (mermaids)
  • Miru (seaweed)
  • Kaioke (shell boxes) are a related motif and represent a shell-matching game which originated in the Heian era; the shells from this game are usually depicted as clamshell halves with painted interiors depicting classical patterns and flowers, and kaioke are far more common as a motif.

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

In Poetry


Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions


Micro shells DATABASE 貝類データベース : SEARCH けんさく
University of California Museum of Paleontology- The Gastropoda
Seashell Identification Guide

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