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Motif Information
Motif nasu 01.jpg
Rōmaji Nasu
English Eggplant, aubergine
Kanji 茄子
Kana なす, なすび
Season Late Summer, Autumn
Seasonal Exceptions Winter
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Vegetable

Nasu or nasubi are eggplant (aubergine). Nasu were imported from China in the Nara period (8th century CE) and soon became a staple in the Japanese diet.

Nasu bloom in the summer and produce ripened fruit at the the end of summer into autumn. Nasu are extremely sensitive to cold shock and will not produce past the first hard frost.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

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Motif Connotations & Symbolism

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Auspicious Nature

Nasu is a homophone with nasu (成す), to achieve something great. [1]

The Edo period's auspicious New Year's dream includes Mount Fuji, hawks, and eggplants. The shogunate Ieyasu's family originated from Suruga (modern Shizuoka prefecture), a major eggplant growing area. Eggplants were also expensive and precious, since bad weather could affect the harvest.

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Nasu is most often confused with hyotan.

Motif Examples

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  1. Wikipedia Article on Hatsuyume. Accessed February 9, 2013.

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