Flower Bat

Five of the bats from Komorimon, historically used as an auspicious pattern, are arranged in a circle to create an image of a flower. The indigo, a color referred to as “Japan Blue” and influential in western art and culture, brings out the beautiful moonflowers lit by the moonlight and the happiness of the five bats of good fortune.

Bats and auspices do not seem to connect at a glance, but it is said that the pronunciation for the Chinese characters that mean “bat” and “fortune” are the same, and therefore patterns inspired by bats, believed to be an animal that brings good luck, have been used on earthenware. In Japan, it is believed that a kabuki actor in the Edo period used this pattern as his family crest, which started the trend.