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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.

桜の花を文様にした桜文〈さくらもん〉。その桜を丸く寄せて、「丸(円)=無限・良縁」といわれる吉祥文様の丸文〈まるもん〉に見立てました。江戸時代から日本人の暮らしに深く根付き、「ジャパン・ブルー」と称され西洋の芸術や文化に多大な影響を与えてきた藍色〈あいいろ〉が、月夜に照らされて儚く散る桜の情景を表しています。

桜文は平安時代より人々に愛されてきた文様で、桜の咲く時期に限らず1年を通して使われてきました。枝に咲く桜や川面を流れる花びらなど、情緒ある桜の姿がさまざまな文様で見られます。丸文は花や動物など他の吉祥文様と合わせることで、より慶事にふさわしい文様とされ、打掛などに描かれてきました。