Seven grasses of autumn

Seven grasses of autumn

'Omi no Okane' / 'Sarashime' (the cloth bleaching girl):a Kabuki dance about Okane, a strong girl from Lake Biwa who can stop horses with one hand and hold a bucket in the other. In the first section of the dance she subdues a horse, while the next, romantic section, is about love and the eight famous views of Omi prefecture. The dance ends with a lively festival dance and a fight in which Okane defeats a group of fishermen.

'Omi no Okane' / 'Sarashime' (the cloth bleaching girl):a Kabuki dance about Okane, a strong girl from Lake Biwa who can stop horses with one hand and hold a bucket in the other. In the first section of the dance she subdues a horse, while the next, romantic section, is about love and the eight famous views of Omi prefecture. The dance ends with a lively festival dance and a fight in which Okane defeats a group of fishermen.

南天 (Nanten)

南天 (Nanten)

Asagao (朝顔) / morning glory. Summer / autumn (when one of the aki-no-nanakusa).

Asagao (朝顔) / morning glory. Summer / autumn (when one of the aki-no-nanakusa).

Nanten / nandina (ナンテン / 南天): Shrub with slender green leaves and grapelike clusters of red berries that cling to the branches through winter. Regarded as a symbol of the devotion of a faithful wife; used in decoration of women's articles (mirrors, combs and headrests). On kimono, the pattern is worn in January and/or February.

Nanten / nandina (ナンテン / 南天): Shrub with slender green leaves and grapelike clusters of red berries that cling to the branches through winter. Regarded as a symbol of the devotion of a faithful wife; used in decoration of women's articles (mirrors, combs and headrests). On kimono, the pattern is worn in January and/or February.

Fujibakama (ふじばかま) / Eupatorium fortunei, one of the aki-no-nanakusa.

Fujibakama (ふじばかま) / Eupatorium fortunei, one of the aki-no-nanakusa.

Ominaeshi (女郎花), one of the aki-no-nanakusa.

Ominaeshi (女郎花), one of the aki-no-nanakusa.

Nadeshiko (撫子) / dianthus, one of the aki-no-nanakusa. Mid-summer to autumn.

Nadeshiko (撫子) / dianthus, one of the aki-no-nanakusa. Mid-summer to autumn.

Ichimatsu

Ichimatsu

Kimono with doves and nanten pattern. The dove has a long history in Japanese myths and legends and is considered the embodiment of the guardian god of battles, who protects the people of Japan from war. The modern Dove motif hints at patriotism and militarism especially when paired with the Nanten plant, the symbol of a change in adverse conditions and the hope for an upset victory.

Kimono with doves and nanten pattern. The dove has a long history in Japanese myths and legends and is considered the embodiment of the guardian god of battles, who protects the people of Japan from war. The modern Dove motif hints at patriotism and militarism especially when paired with the Nanten plant, the symbol of a change in adverse conditions and the hope for an upset victory.

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