- 1 Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
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- 3 Motif in Literature & Other Usage
- 4 Article Notes
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 ).
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.
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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.
Komon with ayame from the collection of Bika Bika
Detail of ayame on chuya obi from the collection of Tahanala
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Motif in Literature & Other Usage
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- Dusenbury, Mary. Flowers, Dragons, & Pine Trees: Asian Textiles in the Spencer Museum of Art. Hudson Hills Press, New York and Manchester. 2004. p.222.
- Bika Bika
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