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Motif Information
Motif Risu 01.jpg
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) found in China
Rōmaji Risu
English Squirrel
Kanji 栗鼠, 木鼠
Kana リス
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Auspicious No
Motif Type Animal

Risu (squirrels) are not native to Japan and the motif was imported from China.

The pairing of risu and budō was popular in the Momoyama period, copied from Chinese ceramics. This motif pairing had a resurgence in popularity in the Edo era.[1]

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  1. Momoyama, Japanese Art in the Age of Grandeur: Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Organized in Collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Government. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston. 1975. p.122

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