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Motif Information
Motif mokuren 01.jpg
Rōmaji Mokuren
English Magnolia
Kanji 木蓮, 木蘭
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Season Spring
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Motif Type Flower

Mokuren represents the magnolia flower. There are seven magnolia species native to Japan, but mokuren mostly depicts flowers of the Japanese whitebark magnolia (Magnolia obovata, kōboku). The buds and young leaves of the Japanese whitebark magnolia have been used in traditional medicine and the mature leaves can be used as makeshift dishes or to wrap cooked food.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

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Motif Connotations & Symbolism

Mokuren is highly associated with femininity, especially feminine beauty.[1]

Auspicious Nature

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Common Motif Pairings

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Identification & Style Variations

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Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

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Article Notes

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  1. Nitanai, Keiko. Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns. Tuttle Publishing, Vermont. 2017. p.37.

Image Credits

  • Muhvi

Authors & Contributors

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