Using seven traditional patterns―Kikko (tortoiseshell), Higaki (woven cypress pattern), Hishi (diamond shape), Uroko (scales), Ten (dots), Shima (stripes), and Ichimatsu (checkered pattern), this design is created with an image of the city of Tokyo, where the traditional and urban meet and different cultures co-exist. Indigo, referred to as “Japan Blue,” is deeply rooted in Japanese way of life and has had a great impact on western art and culture. It is a classic color that represents the chic of Edo townspeople.

Kikko represents longevity and good omen. Higaki depicts hedges. Hishi finds its origin in China, and Uroko is a pattern used to drive away evil spirits. The Ten pattern is comprised of small dots. The Shima pattern was in vogue during the Edo period. Ichimatsu is a prestigious pattern used by court nobles and shrines during the Heian period. Patterns with a variety of meanings and different origins are put together to express Tokyo, a city home to a myriad of cultures.