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Motif Information
Motif mizu 01.png
Rōmaji Mizu
English Water
Season All-Season
Seasonal Exceptions
Auspicious No
Motif Type Natural

Mizu means water, although as a motif it is usually depicted as running water or streams. There are a variety of different flower and plant motifs that when paired with mizu change its season.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Common Motif Pairings


  • Kanzemizu, a swirling pattern popularized by Kanze school of Noh actors [2]

Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

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In Poetry

Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions


  1. Motoji Niwa. Snow, Wave, Pine: Traditional Patterns in Japanese Design. Kodansha International. New York. 2001. p.84.
  2. Nakamura, Shigeki. Pattern Sourcebook: Nature: 250 Patterns for Projects and Designs (v. 1). Rockport Publishers. 2009. p. 12.

Image Credits

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