Sakura Dot

Sakuramon takes its name from the sakura (cherry blossom) flower pattern. The flowers are placed in circles to depict a circular auspicious omens motif called marumon (circular pattern). Circles represent infinity and good matches. Indigo, referred to as “Japan Blue,” has been deeply rooted in the Japanese way of life since the Edo period and has had a great impact on western art and culture. The indigo here represents a scene of faintly falling sakura flowers under the moonlight.

Sakuramon is a much cherished pattern that dates back to the Heian period and used throughout the year, not limited to the season of sakura blooming. Many patterns incorporate sakura in different expressive ways, such as sakura blossoming on branches and sakura petals floating on a flowing river. Marumon has been used in uchikake kimonos and is favored for auspicious celebrations even more so in combination with flower and animal motifs and other auspicious patterns.