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Kikyo

Motif Information
Motif kikyo 01.jpg
Rōmaji Kikyo, rindo
English Bellflower
Kanji 桔梗, 竜胆
Kana ききょお, りんどう
Season Autumn
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious No
Motif Type Flower
Pronounciation
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Kikyo refers to Chinese bellflower or balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus). Kikyo is a wildflower which blooms in the late summer into the autumn. In the wild it is usually purple. Domesticated varieties can also be white or pink. Before opening, the buds resemble a balloon and after opening, the petals form a distinct bell shape.

Kikyo's root has a long history of being used as an anti-inflammatory in traditional Chinese medicine.

Kikyo is also sometimes called rindo, not to be confused with the imaginary flower, sasarindo, which combines attributes of kikyo and sasa, bamboo leaves.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

A common kikyo kamon used by Toki and Akechi clans among others
Kikyo kamon used by Ōta clan

Kikyo blooms in late summer and is one of the traditional seven autumn grasses.

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Kikyo is commonly depicted as having five petals. It is common for it to be mistaken for ume or sakura because of this. Kikyo is almost always depicted as growing off of a straight stalk, unlike ume or sakura and its petals come to a point.

Motif Examples

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Motif in Literature & Other Usage

Example of kikyo kamon used by Arai Okiya, Shibata Okiya and Tsurui Okiya of Gion Kobu

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  • Moonblossom
  • Muhvi
  • Stepan-san

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