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Motif Information
Motif nadeshiko 08.jpg
Rōmaji Nadeshiko
English Dianthus
Kanji 撫子
Kana なでしこ
Season Summer, Autumn
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Motif Type Flower

Nadeshiko (Dianthus superbus, literally "caressable child") are commonly called pinks or wild carnations. They have five small fringed petals clustered on thin stems. Several varieties of nadeshiko may be found along riverbanks, shores, and bluffs.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Mid-summer and autumn.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

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Auspicious Nature

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Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

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Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

The Man'yoshu treats nadeshiko as both a late summer and an autumn flower. In Heian era literature, nadeshiko is also called tokonatsu (常夏, endless summer).[1]

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  1. Nitanai, Keiko. Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns. Tuttle Publishing, Vermont. 2017. p.115.

Image Credits

  • Bika Bika
  • Kokoro

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