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Motif Information
Motif tsuki 01.jpg
Rōmaji Tsuki
English Moon
Kana つき
Season Autumn
Seasonal Exceptions All Season
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Natural

Tsuki refers to the Moon, the Earth's only permanent natural satellite and the largest and brightest object in the night sky. The Moon does not rotate, showing the same face to Earth at all times. The relative position of the Moon to Earth and the Sun creates phases of the Moon. These easily observable phases were the basis for the Chinese calendar introduced into Japan in the Asuka period.

The Moon's gravitation pull is responsible for the tides.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Tsuki with susuki on hanafuda

Tsuki, especially depiction of the full moon, is associated with autumn.[1]

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

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Auspicious Nature

The crescent moon (mikazuki) was believed to have protective powers.[2]

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  1. Baird, Merrily. Symbols of Japan: Thematic Motifs in Art and Design. Rizzoli Press. 2001. p.32.
  2. Baird, Merrily. Symbols of Japan: Thematic Motifs in Art and Design. Rizzoli Press. 2001. p.33.

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