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Ayame

Motif Information
Motif ayame 01.JPG
Rōmaji Ayame
English Iris
Kanji 菖蒲
Kana アヤメ
Season Spring
Seasonal Exceptions Summer
Auspicious No
Motif Type Flower
Pronounciation
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Ayame is an iris. Other terms for iris include hanashōbu (ハナショウブ, 花菖蒲) and kakitsubata (カキツバタ, 杜若). Ayame grow both on dry land and along the banks of rivers.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Ayame bloom in spring and are especially associated with the month of May.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

An alternate name for Japanese iris is shōbu (菖蒲 ) which is a homophonous with martial spirit (尚武 ).[1]

Ayame can symbolize Boys' Day (now called Childrens' Day). During the Edo period, Boys' Day was designated as the fifth day of the fifth month and was celebrated with mock duels between boys using ayame in place of swords.[2]

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Ayame vary in color from pure white to deep purple. Ayame blossoms have six petals, long stems or stalks, and pointed leaves at their base.

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References

  1. Dusenbury, Mary. Flowers, Dragons, & Pine Trees: Asian Textiles in the Spencer Museum of Art. Hudson Hills Press, New York and Manchester. 2004. p.222.
  2. Ibid

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  • Bika Bika
  • Peachchanvidel
  • Tahanala

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