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Motif Information
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Romaji Uguisu
English Bush warbler, nightingale
Kana ウグイス
Season Spring
Seasonal Exceptions Winter
Auspicious No
Motif Type Bird
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Uguisu refers to the Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone), a small song bird native to Japan. Uguisu can be recognized by their olive colored plumage, the white markings over the eye, and upward turned beak.

Uguisu are a secretive bird, more often heard than seen, except in winter when the trees are bare. Their characteristic breeding call is associated in with the coming of spring in Japanese poetry.


Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Uguisu are heavily associated with the coming of spring, as their winter calls of low chirping (pi pi pi) change to the breeding call of hoo- hoke'kyo.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

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Identification & Style Variations

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Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Uguisu are famed in skin care circles for being the source of uguisu no fun- an exfoliant made from their droppings. [1]

In Poetry

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  1. You Put WHAT on your face? Uguisu no Fun : Nightingale Droppings Traditional Japanese Beauty Secrets

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