- 1 Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
- 2 Motif Examples
- 3 Motif in Literature & Other Usage
- 4 Article Notes
|Season||Late Autumn, Winter|
|Seasonal Exceptions||New Year|
Koma are spinning tops. Koma were introduced from China via Korea in the Nara period. Besides being children's toys, koma can be used for both gambling and divination.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Koma are associated with the turning of the seasons- both late autumn harvests and New Year's day.
Koma are a toy traditionally played with by boys. When paired with koinobori or other boys' toys, koma point to Tango no sekku (端午の節句, Boys' Day, May 5th), now celebrated as Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日, Children's Day).
Motif Connotations & Symbolism
Koma are auspicious as a spinning top is balanced and spins in a circle. They symbolize things coming out well in family, business, and the harvest.
Common Motif Pairings
Identification & Style Variations
Describe how the pattern can be identified. If applicable, explain how the pattern is conventionally simplified.
Nagoya obi with koma from collection of Ainokimono
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
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Relevant Threads / Discussions
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- Seaman, Joyce. Manju: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum. Ashmolean Museum. Oxford, 2013. p. 138.
Authors & Contributors
Author/s: tzippurah (IG Username)