[DICTIONARY] Traditional Japanese Patterns How many kinds do you know?

torazou-pattern-en in English
Dictionary of Japanese traditional patterns

It is said that the beginning of the pattern is from the primitive period, when people tried to calm fear and anxiety with pictures and shapes with magical prayers.
Various patterns have been created with the passage of time.
It is believed that the original form of Japanese traditional patterns was completed when the Japanese envoys to Sui and Tang Dynasties were abolished in the Heian period, and then the patterns that had been introduced from Sui and Tang were transformed from the aesthetic sensibility of Heian aristocrats into “Japanese original patterns.”
I think they created “Japanese traditional patterns” that are still used and handed down from the four beautiful seasons of Japan to the unique sensitivity of the Japanese people to nature and Buddhist thought.
Let me introduce you to such a wonderful “Japanese traditional patterns.”

Botanical Motifs

There are four seasons in Japan, and the Japanese who loved the flowers of spring, summer, fall, and winter have incorporated sensibility into the patterns of these plants.
Until the Nara period, many of the plant patterns were ‘arabesque’ and ‘toubana-mon’ influenced strongly by China, but with the abolishment of the Japanese envoy to Tang Dynasty China in the Heian period, the plant pattern changed from the Tang style to the Japanese style.

Pattern Of Flowers & Plants
Aoi Mon
[Hollyhock Pattern]
Akikusa Mon
[Autumn Grass Pattern]
Asagao Mon
[Morning Glory Pattern]
Azami Mon
[Thistle Pattern]
Ajisai Mon
[Hydrangea Pattern]
Awa Mon
[Millet Pattern]
Ine Mon
[Rice Plants Pattern]
Ichou Mon
[Ginkgo Pattern]
Ume Mon
[Plum Pattern]
Uri Mon
[Gourd Pattern]
Ominaeshi Mon
[Golden Lace Pattern]
Omodaka Mon
[Arrowhead Pattern]
Omoto Mon
[Japanese Rohdea Pattern]
Kaede Mon
[Maple Pattern]
Kakitsubata Mon
[Rabbitear Iris Pattern]
Kashiwa Mon
[Japanese Emperor Oak Pattern]
Katabami Mon
[Yellow Sorrel Pattern]
Kachou Mon
[Flowers And Birds Pattern]
Katsumi Mon
[Water Clover Pattern]
Kikyou Mon
[Balloon Flower Pattern]
Kiku Mon
[Chrysanthemum Pattern]
Kiri Mon
[Empress Tree Pattern]
Kuri Mon
[Chestnut Pattern]
Kouhone Mon
[Japanese Spatterdock Pattern]
Sakura Mon
[Sakura Pattern]
Zakuro mon
[Pomegranate Pattern]
Sasa Mon
[Broadleaf Bamboo Pattern]
Shida Mon
[Fern Pattern]
Shinobugusa Mon
[WeepingFern Pattern]
Shuro Mon
[Windmill Palm Pattern]
Shoubu Mon
[Japanese Iris Pattern]
Suisen mon
[Daffodil Pattern]
Susuki Mon
[Japanese Silver Grass Pattern]
Take Mon
[Bamboo Pattern]
Churippu Mon
[Tulip Pattern]
Chouji Mon
[Clove Pattern]
Tsukushi Mon
[Horsetail Pattern]
Tsuta Mon
[Japanese Ivy Pattern]
Tsutsuji Mon
[Azalea Pattern]
Tsukushi Mon
[Horsetail Pattern]
Tessen Mon
[Asian Virginsbower Pattern]
Nasu Mon
[Eggplant/Aubergine Pattern]
Nadeshiko Mon
[Pink Pattern]
Nemunoki Mon
[Silk Tree Pateern]
Hagi Mon
[Japanese Clover Pattern]
Hyoutan Mon
[Bottle Gourd Pattern]
Fuji Mon
[Japanese Wisteria Pattern]
Budou Mon
[Grape Pattern]
Budourisu Mon
[Grape And Squirrel Pattern]
Fuyou Mon
[Cotton Rose Pattern]
Botan Mon
[Peony Pattern]
Matsu Mon
[Pine Pattern]
Matsuba Mon
[Pine Needless Pattern]
Miru Mon
[Codium Fragile Pattern]
Yanagi Mon
[Willow Pattern]
Yamabuki Mon
[Japanese rose Pattern]
Yuri Mon
[Lily Pattern]
Rindou Mon
[Gentian Pattern]
Renge Mon
[Lotus Pateern]
Wakamatsu Mon
[Young Pine Pattern]
Karakusa Mon
[Arabesque Pattern]
Karahana Mon
[Chinese Flowers Pattern]
Fujibakama Mon
[Thoroughwort Pattern]

Animal Motifs

In Japan there has always been a culture of admiring small things.
Small animals such as sparrows, rabbits, deer, insects and fish were often used as motifs in decorative designs.

Animal motifs
Inu Mon
[God Pattren]
Usagi Mon
[Rabbit pattern]
Uma Mon
[Horse Pattern]
Ebi Mon
[Shrimp Pattern]
Kai Mon
[Shellfish Pattern]
Kame Mon
[Turtle Pattern]
Karasu Mon
[crow Pattern]
Kari Mon
[Wild Goose Pattern]
Gyo Mon
[Fish Pattern]
Kingyo Mon
[Goldfish Pattern]
Kujaku Mon
[Peacock Pattern]
Koi Mon
[Carp Pattern]
Koumori Mon
[Bat Pattern]
Sagi Mon
[Heron Pattern]
Saru Mon
[Monkey Pattern]
Shika Mon
[Deer Pattren]
Shishi Mon
[Lion Pattern]
Suzume Mon
[Sparrow Pattern]
Sekirei Mon
[Wagtail Pattenr]
Zou Mon
[Elephant Pattern]
Taka Mon
[Hawk Pattern]
Tako Mon
[Octopus Pattern]
Chidori Mon
[Plover Pattern]
Tsubame Mon
[Swallow Pattern]
Tsuru Mon
[Crane Pattern]
Chou Mon
[Butterfly Pattern]
Tora Mon
[Tiger Pattern]
Tonbo Mon
[Dragonfly Pattern]
Niwatori Mon
[Rooster Pattern]
Neko Pattern
[Cat Pattern]
Hato Mon
[Dove Pattern]
Risu Mon
[Squirrel Pattern]

Natural Phenomenon Motifs

In Japan, which is blessed with many seasons, the celestial weather, the sea, and the mountains in spring, summer, autumn, and winter have captivated the hearts of Japanese people.
The patterns of natural phenomena, which were created in the course of the four seasons, strongly reflect the Japanese aesthetic sense of nature, and many of them still remain today.

Natural Phenomenon Motifs
Ame Mon
[Rain Pattern]
Inazuma Mon
[Lightning Pattern]
Iwa Mon
[Rock Pattern]
Kasumi Mon
[Fog Pattern]
Kanzemizu Mon
[Whirlpool water Pattern]
Kumo Mon
[Cloud Pattern]
Koori Mon
[Ice Pattern]
Sansui Mon
[Hills And Waters Pattern]
Sui Mon
[Water Pattern]
Seigaiha Mon
[Seascape Pattern]
Taki Mon
[Waterfall Pattern]
Tsuki Mon
[Moon Pattern]
Nami Mon
[Wave crest Pattern]
Sun Mon
[Nissyou Pattern]
Huukei Mon
[Landscape Pattern]
Rai Mon
[Thunder Pattern]
Yuki Mon
[Snow Pattern]
Yukiwa Mon
[Snowflake Pattern]


How do you like it?

Many kinds of traditional Japanese patterns are still inherited and incorporated into daily life and art.
Why don’t you try incorporating Japanese traditional patterns with a strange charm?


The description page of rabbit-ear iris pattern(杜若文/kakitsubata-mon) has been added.

The description page of maple pattern(楓文/kaede-mon) has been added.
The description page of japanese rohdea pattern(万年青文/omoto-mon) has been added.
The description page of arrowhead pattern(沢瀉文/Omodaka mon) has been added.
The description page of golden lace patter(女郎花文/Ominaeshi-mon) has been added.
The description page of gourd patter(瓜文/Uri-mon) has been added.
The description page of Plum Pattern(梅文/Ume-mon) has been added.
The description page of gingko Pattern(銀杏文/Ichou-mon) has been added.
The description page of rice plant Pattern(稲文/Ine-mon) has been added.
The description page of millet pattern(粟文/Awa-mon) has been added.
The description page of hydrangea pattern(紫陽花文/Ajisai-mon) has been added.
The description page of Thistle Pattern (薊文/Azami-mon) has been added.
The description page of Morning glory Pattern(朝顔文/Asagao-mon) has been added.
The description page of Autumn Grass Pattern(秋草文/Akikusa-mon) has been added.
The description page of Hollyhock Pattern(葵文/Aoi-mon) has been added.
The pattern is still in the middle.
In addition, each pattern has its own description page.
It will take time to complete, but please be patient.


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