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Nyoihōju

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Nyoihōju, Nyoihouju
English Jewel of One's Desires
Kanji 如意宝珠
Kana にょいほうじゅ
Season All Season
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious, Religious
Pronounciation
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The nyoihōju is the flaming jewel of the Buddhist Law or Shishidama. It is said to grant the users wishes, whatever they may be. It is one of the takarazukushi, seven treasures.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Nyoihōju is an auspicious design and is therefore non-seasonal. However, it is often featured on kimono that are to be worn in times in which one would want good luck, such as weddings, children's kimono for Omiyamairi and Shichi-go-san, and New Year's.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

The nyoihōju is one of the takarazukushi. It is a Buddhist artifact and belongs to certain Bodhisattva. It is commonly revered as an object that bring both monetary and spiritual gain or profit.

Auspicious Nature

As a treasure motif, nyoihōjui is worn in the hopes that the wearer's wishes will come true.

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

Nyoihōju is represented as a teardrop-shaped jewel, sometimes enflamed and/or being held up by Shishi. It is almost always found alongside other Takarazukushi. Sometimes, it appears with two other jewels in a triangle, with the topmost one in flames.

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Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Evan Mason (hikari_evyon (IG Username))

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