|Motif Type||Object. Natural.|
Nozarashi, meaning "exposed in a field", is a motif of skulls, bones, and/or skeletons. It is can be found most often in men's items and other summer wafuku items.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Nozarashi is featured in some popular folk or horror tales. Japanese traditions of telling scary stories in summer to send shivers down people's spines and cool them down means an increase in skull-themed yukata and summer items.
As a motif it was considered to be a symbol of courage or preparedness and would easily appear on shoubou banten (firemen's jacket). 
In order to determine the correct season, type of weight and weave of fabric must be considered along with whether it is lined and any additional motifs.
Common Motif Pairings
- crescent moons (autumn)
- dried grasses (autumn)
Tenugui with nozarashi.
Nozarashi on men's kaku obi.
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
A quote from legendary samurai warrior and daimyo Date Masamune (1567-1636) goes:
kenka shinaide / kurasojanaika / suehatakaini / kono hisashi kata
Don't quarrel my honey, in the end, both of us become such a skeleton.
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Authors & Contributors
Author/s: C. Law (claw789 (IG Username))