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Motif Information
Motif makimono 01.jpg
Rōmaji Makimono
English Scroll
Kanji 巻物
Kana まきもの
Season All-season
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Man-made

Makimono (lit. rolled thing; coll. scroll) is one of the takarazukushi.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Makimono are an auspicious design and are therefore non-seasonal. However, they are often featured on kimono that are to be worn in times in which one would want good luck, such as weddings, children's kimono for Omiyamairi and Shichi-go-san, and new years.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

Makimono are scrolls which contain wisdom and knowledge.

Auspicious Nature

As an auspicious motif, makimono are worn in order to attract and aid in the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom.

Makimono are specifically associated with Jurōjin.[1]

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Makimono are depicted as cylinders with varying degree of decoration and are very frequently bound by decorative cords.

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Scrolls, like many places around the world, were used to archive literature, sacred text, and art in Japan.

In Poetry

Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions

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  1. Allen, Maude Rex. Japanese Art Motives. A. C. McClurg & Company, Great Britain. 1917. p.158.

Image Credits

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Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Evan Mason (hikari_evyon (IG Username))