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Motif Information
Motif kiri.jpg
Rōmaji Kiri
English Paulownia
Kana きり
Season Template:Late Spring, Template:Early Summer
Seasonal Exceptions Autumn
Auspicious Template:Auspicious
Motif Type Plant

Kiri means paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa ), a fast-growing deciduous tree with fragrant purple flowers. Kiri may reach a height suitable for lumber harvest in eight to ten years, and unharvested their lifespan is about seventy years. Kiri's wood is light and resistant to warping and it is used to make tansu, instruments like koto, geta, and go boards.

Kiri is famous as being the mon of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Today it is the mon of the Japanese Prime Minister in the same way kiku has become the mon of the Imperial Household.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Kiri metalwork on goshoguruma (Heian cart)

Kiri-no-hana (paulownia flower) is associated with the month of May. Kiri without flowers can be interpreted as an autumn motif, especially when paired with kiku.

Auspicious Nature

The paulownia tree is the only nesting place of the hou-ou (phoenix) according to Japanese mythology. Kiri has thus acquired by association the auspiciousness of hou-ou.

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Kiri is depicted as three leaves with stalks of flowers rising above them, sometimes the seed pods are also depicted.

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Example of one of the many variations on kiri kamon used by Tama Okiya of Gion Kobu and Tanmika Okiya of Pontochō

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