- 1 Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
- 2 Motif Examples
- 3 Motif in Literature & Other Usage
- 4 Article Notes
- 5 References
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
A geometric motif generally has no season of it's own and thus can be worn throughout the year.
Motif Connotations & Symbolism
Manji is strongly associated with Buddhism. 
Manji (卍) can be read as an alternate way of writing 万 (lit. myriad). It is strongly associated with the Buddhist concept of eternity. It can also be read literally as "ten thousand" ans can be used to represent all of creation.
Common Motif Pairings
- Manji are often interconnected into a pattern called sayagata. Sayagata is often paired with chrysanthemum, orchids, plum blossom, and bamboo, so those may be commonly seen with manji.
Identification & Style Variations
Most manji depicted are left facing. Right facing manji are called gyaku manji (逆卍, reverse manji), migi manji (右卍, right manji), or kagi jūji (鉤十字, hook cross). Interconnected manji create the sayagata motif.
While originally intended as sayagata fill, the overlay of the leaves created an individual manji.
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
Discussion of Manji? Origins, use in Japan, historic propaganda use (WWII), kamon, religious uses. Probably lots of images illustrating different uses.
link to kamon: http://www.otomiya.com/kamon/moji/manji.htm
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Authors & Contributors
Author/s: Erica Pai (Iyolin (IG Username))