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Japanese

by Claire Kaiya

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Japanese Hounds Tooth Chidorigoshi Puprle Pink Grey. This pattern is a variation of hound's tooth, in tones of purple, pink and grey. In Japan, the pattern is known as "chidorigoshi", because it is thought to resemble a flock of chidori (plover birds). The kanji character inside the circle is “kanaderu” meaning tuneful, i.e. to play a tune or hit the notes.

Japanese Hounds Tooth Chid...

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Japanese Chrysanthemums Floating Floral River. Kimono-inspired, consisting of stylized flowers with layers of petals like the chrysanthemum but with a simpler structure and fewer petals. Japanese “nagarekiku” (chrysanthemums floating on a river) motif. For the color palette I went with violet, purple, pink, navy blue, green, turquoise and aqua, the cool hues of summer. The kanji character in the middle says “uruou” meaning to be moistened or become wet.  It could also mean to profit or benefit.

Japanese Chrysanthemums Fl...

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Japanese Plum Blossoms Ume Pink Orange Seigaiha. Lovely umenohana or plum blossoms decorate this design with traditional Japanese seigaiha or scallop pattern in the background. Two tones of pink, orange, yellow and gray make up the soft Spring colors. The kanji character in the middle is “mizu”, used in words like “mizumizushii” meaning fresh or lush. Perfect for celebrating Early Spring, including all occasions that fall under the season.

Japanese Plum Blossoms Ume...

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Pretty Cat Pink Heart Nose Cherry Blossoms Night Moon Sakura Blue. A pretty cat (called “neko” in Japanese) with blue eyes, heart-shaped pink nose and wreath of sakura or cherry blossoms on her head. She is out at night with the gorgeous, delicate pink petals of the cherry blossoms contrasting with the dark blue sky. On the middle left is a 12th-century “waka” or Japanese poem about cherry blossoms, with English translation at the bottom. Kanji character on upper left side says “sakura”.

Pretty Cat Pink Heart Nose...

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Japanese Scallop Blue Gold Dream. A simple scallop design in gold with gradated tones of royal blue, sky blue and white. This pattern is a shell variation of the popular “seigaiha” (literally, “blue sea wave”) pattern often used in Japan. Inside the circle is the kanji character “yume” meaning “dream”.

Japanese Scallop Blue Gold...

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Japanese Plum Blossoms Dignified Moon Branch Gold Orange. Beautiful Japanese plum blossoms (called “ume no hana” in Japan) at night, with the moon in the background. Shades of red, orange, yellow and burgundy make up the plum blossom tones in subtle gradations. Decorative branches form a frame around the glowing moon with gold lining. The blossoms, in full bloom, half bloom and buds, are prettily arranged to complement each other. The kanji character in the middle says “rin” meaning dignified.

Japanese Plum Blossoms Dig...

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Japanese Nautical Waves Mt Fuji Anchor Blue Stripes Seagulls. A nautical-themed design, in tones of marine blue, vermillion red and white. In the forefront is a “yojijukugo” or Japanese four-character idiom that says “tenkuukaikatsu” in Japanese. Literally, it means “open sky, serene sea”, indicating a vast expanse of air and water. In terms of personality it means someone who is magnanimous, a broad-minded person with a big heart. A striped pattern at the bottom gives the design a modern look.

Japanese Nautical Waves Mt...

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Japanese Tortoiseshell Honeycomb Kizuna Ties That Bind in Lavender & Orange. Four-petaled flowers set within a tortoise shell grid, called "kikkou" in Japanese. For the colors I picked out soft  tones of lavender, orange, green, blue and ecru. I had fun drawing this traditional Japanese kimono pattern and giving it a modern color palette. Hope you like it, too! Enjoy the muted tones and honeycomb shapes. The kanji character is “kizuna”, meaning bond or the ties that bind or emotional ties.

Japanese Tortoiseshell Hon...

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Japanese Sakura Cherry Blossoms Good Fortune Pink Green. Lovely sakura or cherry blossoms decorate this design filled with traditional Japanese geometric patterns. Soft, muted pastel tones in green, yellow and blue complement the pink petals. A vivid cerise pink circle is in the center, with the kanji character “shiawase” meaning happiness, good fortune, luck or blessing. I had fun drawing these blossoms, the quintessential flower of Spring. Perfect for celebrating new births and new beginnings.

Japanese Sakura Cherry Blo...

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Japanese Plum Blossoms Gold Orange Red Kagayaki Radiance. Beautiful Japanese plum blossoms (called “ume no hana” in Japan) on a geometric background of back-to-back letter C, called “konoji” in Japanese. Shades of red, orange, yellow and burgundy make up the plum blossom tones in subtle gradations. Decorative branch forms a frame around a white circle with gold lining. The kanji character in the middle says “kagayaki”, meaning radiance or resplendence.

Japanese Plum Blossoms Gol...

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