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What is this motif on a Japanese kimono?
June 5, 2014
Can anyone identify what this symbol is supposed mean or represent? It's a pattern on a kimono.
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It might be a bunny or a rabbit. I feel like I had a tote with the same symbol from the local Japanese market as a kid.
on June 5
It looks like an (even more) stylized version of the
rabbit in the moon making mochi
has a similar looking head (the one on the bottom), but is more obviously a rabbit.
on June 5 [
I agree that it probably has to do with the
rabbit in the moon
on June 5
That's a '
', probably. It's usually a family symbol.
on June 5
Looks like an informal yukata (cotton summer kimono), and as there's visible machine stitching and the patterns don't quite line up, I'm willing to bet it's a cheap yukata given to guests at a hotel/inn/
While the bunny (yes it's a bunny :) ) is clearly styled to resemble a mon, it's not – that is a very modern bunny. Given that it's likely to be a yukata linked to a commercial venture, I'm also willing to bet that modern hoppity-hop design is the logo of wherever it came from.
Tsuki no usagi
is the main mythological callback, yep!
on June 6 [
fraula has it.
(also, it looks quite familiar...I think it may actually be a hotel yukata from one of the MANY hot spring hotels around Beppu, though I haven't been there in well over a decade. the clue that it is not, in fact, a mon is the placement. it's hard to tell from the photo, but the mon is usually a singular mark at the upper center of the shoulder blades.)
on June 8
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