Dream 569: River Genie

10.13.2018 § Leave a comment

It’s a classic Miyazaki movie, set in a sunny, timeless Japanese town. This one is on a river, and the narrator explains over aerial views drifting down the river that this summer there is a risk it will overflow. The story begins when a father gifts his daughter a genie. The daughter feels bad that the genie is separated from its family and friends, so her first wish is to go back to its home with it and meet all of them. I figure they probably deal with the flood somehow with her second wish, and throughout she learns more and more about the secret life of genies. In the end, something goes wrong, and the little girl’s last wish is to have never met the genie in the first place. So time is rewound and she’s placed right back at the day her dad gave her the genie. It’s unclear whether she retains the memories of her magical experience, not at all, or only partially as if waking from a dream. This time when she receives the genie it is fake, plastic, and multicolored pastel striped, and her imagination does not bring it to life, but she still adores it.

At some point there is voice over from a non-narrating character about how valued property is up on the nearby hills. This is over footage of real-life contemporary suburban riverside Japan, and no longer feels like the Miyazaki movie. It feels like it was shot with drones between ground and helicopter altitude.

Karin and I are now here in this real-life town that inspired Miyazaki to make this film. The banks of the river are blocked off, though, but we spy an opportunity to sneak in when one teacher assistant shouts “accident!” in Japanese. Karin understands so she shouts it back at the young woman working the entry booth, who responds “16 minutes!” in English, clearly indicating to us that it is a 16 minute run to the site of the accident. I shout “16 minutes, yes!” back at her. Once we’re through, we just start strolling along the water underneath the overhead highway.

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日本伝統の幾何学模様と形状の図鑑 / Traditional Japanese geometric patterns and shapes: an illustrated reference

10.10.2018 § Leave a comment

This is the post I wish I’d had when I started1 discovering Japanese traditional geometric patterns and shapes: a broad2 body of images named in both English and Japanese3, internally consistent by both image format4 and naming methodology5, and organized by geometry6. Please use this resource to teach yourself how to learn to read and compose7 in Japanese geometric pattern, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions or criticisms.

Here is a link to the database I created to prepare this post, if you would like to explore that way. You can even export the whole thing if you like.

https://airtable.com/embed/shrqIGbYToEHjRLTR?backgroundColor=gray&viewControls=on

三角か六角対称性文様

pattern with triangular or hexagonal symmetry


hemp

001

hemp leaf

麻の葉
あさのは
asa no ha
hemp leaf
002

broken hemp leaf

崩れ麻の葉
くずれあさのは
kuzure asa no ha
break hemp leaf
003

twisted hemp leaf

捻れ麻の葉
ねじれあさのは
nejire asa no ha
twist hemp leaf
004

hemp leaf of interlocked rings

輪違い麻の葉
わちがいあさのは
wa chigai asa no ha
ring staggered hemp leaf

麻の葉兎 / hemp leaf loops / あさのはうさぎ / asa no ha usagi

005

pine bark hemp leaf

松川麻の葉
まつかわあさのは
matsukawa asa no ha
pine skin hemp leaf
006

cherry blossom tortoise shell

桜亀甲
さくらきっこう
sakura kikkō
cherry-blossom tortoise shell

桜 / cherry blossom / さくら / sakura

007

split cherry blossom

桜割
さくらわり
sakura wari
cherry-blossom split
008

bellflower hemp leaf

桔梗麻の葉
ききょうあさのは
kikyō asa no ha
orange stem hemp leaf
009

wickerwork hemp leaf

網代麻の葉
あじろあさのは
ajiro asa no ha
net alternatingly hemp leaf
010

flying hemp leaf

飛び麻の葉
とびあさのは
tobi asa no ha
fly hemp leaf

八重裏花亀甲 / layered underside of a floral tortoise shell / やえうらはなきっこう / yae ura hana kikkō

011

asagao

朝顔
あさがお
asagao
morning face

亀甲

tortoise shell

012

tortoise shell

亀甲
きっこう
kikkō
tortoise shell
013

bale tortoise shell

俵亀甲
たわらきっこう
tawara kikkō
bale tortoise shell
014

hail tortoise shell

霰亀甲
あられきっこう
arare kikkō
hail tortoise shell

三重亀甲 / triple tortoise shell / みえきっこう / mie kikkō

015

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō
016

rope bamboo screen

縄簾
なわすだれ
nawa sudare
rope bamboo-screen
017

ice crack hemp leaf

氷裂麻の葉
ひょうれつあさのは
hyō retsu asa no ha
ice crack hemp leaf
018

layered tortoise shell

八重亀甲
やえきっこう
yae kikkō
eight layer tortoise shell
019

tortoise shell steps

段亀甲
だんきっこう
dan kikkō
step tortoise shell
020

Arisugawa brocade

有栖川錦
ありすがわにしき
arisugawa nishiki
existence nest river brocade
021

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō
022

bamboo grass gentian stitch

笹竜胆刺し子
ささりんどうさしこ
sasa rindō sashiko
bamboo-grass dragon gall-bladder pierce child
023

star & three diamonds

星と三つ菱
ほしとみつびし
hoshi to mitsu bishi
star & three rhombus
024

hexagonal interlocked rings

六方輪違い
ろっぽうわちがい
roppō wa chigai
six side ring staggered

毘沙門

Vaiśravaṇa

025

Vaiśravaṇa

毘沙門
びしゃもん
bishamon
help sand gate

毘沙門亀甲 / Vaiśravaṇa tortoise shell / びしゃもんきっこう / bishamon kikkō

026

braided tortoise shell

組亀甲
くみきっこう
kumi kikkō
braid tortoise shell
027

Vaiśravaṇa sword

毘沙門剣
びしゃもんけん
bishamon ken
help sand gate sword

毘沙門剣亀甲 / Vaiśravaṇa sword tortoise shell / びしゃもんけんきっこう / bishamon ken kikkō

028

rounded Vaiśravaṇa

丸毘沙門
まるびしゃもん
maru bishamon
circle help sand gate
029

split woven bamboo

籠目割り
かごめわり
kagome wari
basket eye split
030

dragon claw tortoise shell

竜爪亀甲
りゅうそうきっこう
ryūsō kikkō
dragon fingernail tortoise shell
031

four broken rings

四つ輪崩し
よつわくずし
yotsu wa kuzushi
four ring break
032

hexagonal blocks

六角積木
ろっかくつみき
rokkaku tsumiki
six angle volume tree

籠目

woven bamboo

033

woven bamboo

籠目
かごめ
kagome
basket eye

六つ目編み / hexagonal mesh / むつめあみ / mutsu me ami

034

gentian

竜胆
りんどう
rindō
dragon gall-bladder

重ね竜胆 / layered gentian / かさねりんどう / kasane rindō

035

layered axe handle

斧柄重ね
おのえがさね
onoe gasane
axe handle layer

I would have called this ‘網目重ね’ myself.

036

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō
037

torn woven bamboo

破れ籠目
やぶれかごめ
yabure kagome
tear basket eye
038

knotted tortoise shell

結び亀甲
むすびきっこう
musubi kikkō
knot tortoise shell
039

layered knotted tortoise shell

結び重ね亀甲
むすびがさねきっこう
musubi gasane kikkō
knot layer tortoise shell
040

tea ceremony basket hemp leaf

菜籠麻の葉
さいろうあさのは
sairō asa no ha
vegetable basket hemp leaf

scales

041

scales

うろこ
uroko
scale

鋸歯 / sawtooth / きょし / kyoshi

042

scales of authoritative courtesan

鱗権太夫
うろこごんだゆう
uroko gondayū
scale authority fat husband

子持ち鱗 / pregant scales / こもちうろこ / komochi uroko

043

sesame

胡麻
ごま
goma
foreign hemp

六つ手の万字

six-handed swastika

044

linked plovers

千鳥繋ぎ
ちどりつなぎ
chidori tsunagi
thousand bird link
045

six-handed Vaiśravaṇa tortoise shell

六つ手毘沙門亀甲
むつでびしゃもんきっこう
mutsu de bishamon kikkō
six hand help sand gate tortoise shell

網代麻の葉 / wickerwork hemp leaf / あじろあさのは / ajiro asa no ha

046

six-handed swastika

六つ手の万字
むつでのまんじ
mutsu de no manji
six hand ten-thousand character

麻の葉崩し / broken hemp leaf / あさのはくずし / asa no ha kuzushi
捻れ麻の葉 / twisted hemp leaf / ねじれあさのは / nejire asa no ha

boxes

047

variation on scales

変形鱗
へんけいうろこ
henkei uroko
transfigure shape scale
048

boxes

はこ
hako
box

線対称文様

pattern with linear symmetry


矢羽根

arrow feathers

049

arrow feathers

矢羽根
やばね
yabane
arrow feather root

矢絣 / arrow kasuri / やがすり / ya gasuri
矢羽根縞 / arrow feather stripes / やばねしま / yabane shima
鏃 / arrowhead / やじり / yajiri

050

opposing tortoise shell

向い亀甲
むかいきっこう
mukai kikkō
opposite tortoise shell

綴り亀甲 / spelling tortoise shell / つづりきっこう / tuzuri kikkō

051

back and forth

行きつ戻りつ
ゆきつもどりつ
yukitsu modoritsu
go turn-back
052

string of one thousand origami crows

千羽烏
せんばがらす
semba garasu
thousand feather crow
053

hawk feathers

鷹の羽
たかのはね
taka no hane
hawk feather

山道

mountain path

054

linked steps

段繋ぎ
だんつなぎ
dan tsunagi
step link
055

mountain path

山道
やまみち
yama michi
mountain road

山路 / mountain path / やまじ / yama ji
雁木 / zig-zag / がんぎ / gangi

056

flat mountain path

平山道
ひらやまみち
hira yama michi
flat mountain road
057

opposing tortoise shell with inserted flower

花入り向い亀甲
はなはいりむかいきっこう
hana hairi mukai kikkō
flower enter opposite tortoise shell

互い違い縞

alternating stripes

058

horsetail stripes

木賊縞
とくさじま
tokusa jima
tree thief stripe
059

bamboo stripes

竹縞
たけじま
take jima
bamboo stripe
060

well kasuri

井絣
いがすり
i gasuri
well splash
061

Uji river

宇治川
うじがわ
uji gawa
roof reign river
062

linked Japanese character for “letter”

文の字繋ぎ
ふみのじつなぎ
fumi no ji tsunagi
letter character link
063

hanging hollyhock

懸葵
かけあおい
kake aoi
hang hollyhock
064

necklace

瓔珞
ようらく
yōraku
necklace necklace

輪宝 / ring treasure / りんぽう / rimpō

065

Kanze water

観世水
かんぜすい
kanze sui
appearance world water

漂い縞

drifting stripes

066

fish hook lightning bolt

釣稲妻
つりいなずま
tsuri inazuma
angling rice-plant wife
067

wisteria seed screw

螺の藤種
ねじのふじたね
neji no fuji tane
screw wisteria seed
068

arabesque paper sliding door construction

唐様の障子の組方
からようのしょうじのくみかた
karayō no shōji no kumikata
arabesque style hinder child braid direction

唐様障子 / arabesque paper sliding door / からようしょうじ / karayō shōji

069

flowing crosses

流し十字
ながしじゅうじ
nagashi jūji
flow cross
070

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō

繋ぎ縞

linked stripes

071

linked measuring containers

枡繋ぎ
ますつなぎ
masu tsunagi
measuring-container link
072

abacus stripe

算盤縞
そろばんじま
soroban jima
count grid stripe

算盤 / abacus / そろばん / soroban
算盤玉 / abacus bead / そろばんだま / soroban dama

073

linked pincers

釘抜繋ぎ
くぎぬきつなぎ
kugineki tsunagi
nail remove link

賽の目繋ぎ / linked pips / さいのめつなぎ / sai no me tsunagi

074

Yoshiwara

吉原
よしわら
yoshiwara
good-luck prairie
075

linked castle keeps

曲輪繋ぎ
くるわつなぎ
kuru wa tsunagi
bend ring link

輪違繋ぎ / linked interlocked rings / わちがいつなぎ / wa chigai tsunagi
輪繋ぎ / linked rings / わつなぎ / wa tsunagi

076

kettle handle stripe

鐶縞
かんじま
kan jima
kettle-handle stripe

鐶繋ぎ / linked kettle handles / かんつなぎ / kan tsunagi
芝翫縞 / Shikan stripe / しかんじま / shikan jima

077

linked kettle handles

鐶繋ぎ
かんつなぎ
kan tsunagi
kettle-handle link
078

roof tile gap

瓦小口
かわらこぐち
kawara koguchi
roof-tile little mouth
079

wisteria seed

藤種
ふじたね
fuji tane
wisteria seed

普通縞

plain stripes

080

reins

手綱
たづな
tazuna
hand rope
081

disorderly striped fabric

乱調間道
らんちょうかんどう
ranchō kandō
disorder tone interval road

蹌踉縞 / stumbling stripes / よろけじま / yoroke jima

直線

straight stripes

082

pregnant stripes

子持縞
こもちじま
komochi jima
child have stripe

親子縞 / parent & child stripes / おやこしま / oyako shima

083

stripes that are pregnant on both sides

両子持縞
りょうこもちじま
ryō komochi jima
both child have stripe
084

two vertical stripes

金通縞
きんつうじま
kintsū jima
gold through stripe

親子縞 / parent & child stripes / おやこしま / oyako shima

085

three vertical stripes

三筋立
みすじだて
mi suji date
three fiber stand

三筋竪 / three vertical stripes / みすじだて / mi suji date

086

random stripes

矢鱈縞
やたらじま
yatara jima
arrow cod-fish stripe
087

one-direction waterfall stripes

片滝縞
かたたきじま
kata taki jima
one-side waterfall stripe

bonito stripes / 鰹縞 / かつおじま / katsuo jima is a variant involving a gradient, but that was not in the scope of this project.

088

waterfall stripes

滝縞
たきじま
taki jima
waterfall stripe

立涌

rising water

089

rising water

立涌
たてわく
tatewaku
stand gush

立湧 / rising water / たてわく / tatewaku
立涌 / rising water / たちわき / tachiwaki

090

mat

茣蓙目
ござめ
gozame
mat matting eye
091

rising water Kanze water

立涌観世水
たてわくかんぜすい
tatewaku kanze sui
stand gush appearance world water

変わり檜垣

transfigured cypress fence

092

transfigured cypress fence

変わり檜垣
かわりひがき
kawari higaki
transfigure cypress fence

小波 / little wave / さざなみ / saza nami

093

furrowed stripes

畝り縞
うねりじま
uneri jima
furrow stripe

蹌踉縞 / stumbling stripes / よろけじま / yoroke jima
流水 / flowing water / りゅうすい / ryū sui

094

rope impression stripes

縄目縞
なわめじま
nawame jima
rope eye stripe
095

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō
096

oozing pattern down the walls of a pot

壺垂れ
つぼだれ
tsubo dare
jar drip
097

Tatsuta river

竜田川
たつたがわ
tatsuta gawa
dragon rice-paddy river

流水 / flowing water / りゅうすい / ryū sui

畝ねり縞

furrowed stripes

098

linked fans

扇繋ぎ
おうぎつなぎ
ōgi tsunagi
fan link
099

hijiki stripes

鹿尾菜縞
ひじきじま
hijiki jima
deer tail vegetable stripe

蹌踉縞 / stumbling stripes / よろけじま / yoroke jima
波縞 / wavy stripes / なみしま / nami shima

100

rain stripes

雨縞
あめじま
ame jima
rain stripe
101

French stripes

フランス縞
ふらんすじま
furansu jima
France stripe

mist

102

Japanese character for “we” mist

ヱ霞
えがすみ
e gasumi
“we” mist

ヱ雲 / Japanese character for “we” cloud / えぐも / e gumo
エ霞 / Japanese character for “e” mist / えがすみ / e gasumi
エ雲 / Japanese character for “e” cloud / えくも / e kumo

103

decaying tree

朽木
くちき
kuchiki
decay tree
104

linked mist

霞繋ぎ
かすみつなぎ
kasumi tsunagi
mist link

網目

mesh

105

Abhijñā net

神通網
じんつうあみ
jintsū ami
god through net
106

mesh

網目
あみめ
amime
net eye
107

disorderly rising water

乱れ立涌
みだれたてわく
midare tatewaku
disorder stand gush
108

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō
109

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō

四角対称性文様

pattern with quadrilateral symmetry


千鳥

plover

110

plover swastika

千鳥万字
ちどりまんじ
chidori manji
thousand bird ten-thousand character

千鳥繋ぎ / linked plovers / ちどりつなぎ / chidori tsunagi

111

linked plovers

千鳥繋ぎ
ちどりつなぎ
chidori tsunagi
thousand bird link

鳥襷

bird tasuki

112

bird tasuki

鳥襷
とりだすき
tori dasuki
bird kimono-sleeve-tuck-cord

丸繋ぎ / linked circles / まるつなぎ / maru tsunagi
Make sure to tilt your head 45 degrees to see the relationship to others in this category.

113

double bird tasuki

二重鳥襷
にじゅうどりだすき
nijū dori dasuki
two layer bird kimono-sleeve-tuck-cord

丸繋ぎ / linked circles / まるつなぎ / maru tsunagi

114

linked half-circles

半丸繋ぎ
はんまるつなぎ
han maru tsunagi
half circle link

丸繋ぎ / linked circles / まるつなぎ / maru tsunagi

115

swastika kite

万字凧
まんじたこ
manji tako
ten-thousand character kite

外接

circumscription

116

linked counterweights

分銅繋ぎ
ふんどうつなぎ
fundō tsunagi
part copper link

流万字 / flowing swastikas / りゅうまんじ / ryū manji
流万字 / flowing swastikas / ながれまんじ / nagare manji

117

blue sea wave

青海波
せいがいは
seigaiha
blue sea wave
118

true gold blue sea wave

真金青海波
まがねせいがいは
magane seigaiha
truth gold blue sea wave
119

pampas grass

野分
のわき
nowaki
field part

The name refers to an autumn typhon, but the image depicts pampas grass being blown by one.

120

chrysanthemum blue sea wave

菊青海波
きくせいがいは
kiku seigaiha
chrysanthemum blue sea wave
121

pine wave

松波
まつなみ
matsu nami
pine wave
122

shark

さめ
same
shark

乱れ鮫 / disorderly shark / みだれざめ / midare zame

123

diamond blue sea wave

菱青海波
ひしせいがいは
hishi seigaiha
rhombus blue sea wave

小波 / little wave / さざなみ / saza nami

124

sake bottle wickerwork

徳利網代
とっくりあじろ
tokkuri ajiro
virtue profit net alternatingly

徳利桧垣 / sake bottle cypress fence / とっくりひがき / tokkuri higaki

125

linked counterweights and rings

分銅輪繋ぎ
ふんどうわつなぎ
fundō wa tsunagi
part copper ring link

青海崩し / broken blue sea / あおみくずし / aomi kuzushi

126

linked fans

扇繋ぎ
おうぎつなぎ
ōgi tsunagi
fan link

七宝

seven treasures

127

seven treasures

七宝
しっぽう
shippō
seven treasure

Came to be read as しっぽう which sounds like 四宝, instead of しちぽう which is 七宝, because it has four sides; the “seven” referred to the count of different treasures it represented, including gold, silver, and others.

128

dotted seven treasures

星七宝
ほししっぽう
hoshi shippō
star seven treasure
129

squared-off seven treasures

角七宝
かくしっぽう
kaku shippō
angle seven treasure
130

linked triple diamond

三重菱繋ぎ
みえびしつなぎ
mie bishi tsunagi
three layer rhombus link
131

grid stitch

方眼刺し
ほうがんさし
hōgan sashi
side eyeball pierce
132

exotic seven treasures

南蛮七宝
なんばんしっぽう
namban shippō
south barbarian seven treasure
133

silk cross

御召十
おめしじゅう
omeshi jū
honorary summon ten
134

pear

なし
nashi
pear
135

Goryeo edging

高麗縁
こうらいべり
kōrai beri
tall beautiful edging

蜀江

Shu river

136

coin

ぜに
zeni
coin
137

transfigured flower cross

変わり花十字
かわりはなじゅうじ
kawari hana jūji
transfigure flower ten character
138

layered tortoise shell

重ね亀甲
かさねきっこう
kasane kikkō
layer tortoise shell
139

transfigured squared-off seven treasures

変わり角七宝
かわりかくしっぽう
kawari kaku shippō
transfigure angle seven treasure
140

floral cross

花十字
はなじゅうじ
hana jūji
flower ten character
141

transfigured cross flower

変わり十字花
かわりじゅうじはな
kawari jūji hana
transfigure ten character flower
142

Shu river

蜀江
しょっこう
shokkō
Shu large-river

蜀甲 / Shu shell / しょっこう / shokkō

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Shu river water

水蜀江
すいしょっこう
sui shokkō
water Shu large-river

変わり雷 / transfigured lightning / かわりかみなり / kawari kaminari

144

Shu river linked swastika

蜀江の万字繋ぎ
しょっこうのまんじつなぎ
shokkō no manji tsunagi
Shu large-river ten-thousand character link

角繋ぎ

linked squares

145

linked squares

角繋ぎ
かくつなぎ
kaku tsunagi
angle link
146

Rokuyata lattice

六弥太格子
ろくやたごうし
rokuyata gōshi
six widely fat rank child

詰三枡 / packed three measuring containers / つめみます / tsume mi masu

147

braided diamond

組菱
くみびし
kumi bishi
braid rhombus
148

four braided diamonds

四つ組菱
よつぐみびし
yotsugumi bishi
four braid rhombus
149

layered measuring container

重ね枡
かさねます
kasane masu
layer measuring-container

角繋ぎ / linked squares / かくつなぎ / kaku tsunagi

150

legendary two-headed bird well girder

比翼井桁
ひよくいげた
hiyoku igeta
ratio wing well beam
151

layered linked measuring container

重ね枡繋ぎ
かさねますつなぎ
kasane masu tsunagi
layer measuring-container link

I do not understand why ‘layered’ makes this pattern less dense than it looks without.

152

linked measuring containers

枡繋ぎ
ますつなぎ
masu tsunagi
measuring-container link

well

153

diamond Japanese character for “field”

菱田の字
ひしたのじ
hishita no ji
rhombus rice-paddy character
154

linked diamond well girder

菱井桁繋ぎ
ひしいげたつなぎ
hishi igeta tsunagi
rhombus well beam link

菱井筒繋ぎ / linked diamond well curb / ひしいづつつなぎ / hishi izutsu tsunagi

155

well curb split diamond

井筒割菱
いづつわりびし
izutsu wari bishi
well pipe split rhombus
156

linked split diamond

割菱繋ぎ
わりびしつなぎ
wari bishi tsunagi
split rhombus link

格子

lattice

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net of diamonds

網菱
あみひし
ami hishi
rhombus net

一重菱 / single diamond / ひとえびし / hitoe bishi

158

double diamond

二重菱
にじゅうひし
nijū hishi
two layer rhombus
159

triple diamond

三重菱
さんじゅうひし
sanjū hishi
three layer rhombus
160

three-five-six stripes

三津五郎縞
みつごろうじま
mitsu go rō jima
three harbor five man stripe
161

Goryeo lattice

高麗格子
こうらいごうし
kōrai gōshi
tall beautiful rank child

高麗屋格子 / Goryeo lattice / こうらいやごうし / kōrai ya gōshi

162

miso strainer lattice

味噌漉格子
みそこしごうし
miso koshi gōshi
flavor boisterous filter rank child
163

three measuring container lattice

三枡格子
みますごうし
mitsu masu gōshi
three measuring-container rank child
164

pregnant lattice

子持格子
こもちごうし
komochi gōshi
child have rank child
165

rain dragon striped fabric

雨龍間道
あまりゅうかんとう
ama ryū kantō
rain dragon interval road

網代

wickerwork

166

one broken

一崩し
いちくずし
ichi kuzushi
one break
167

triple lattice

三重格子
みえごうし
mie gōshi
three layer rank child
168

wickerwork split diamond

網代割菱
あじろわりびし
ajiro wari bishi
net alternatingly split rhombus

檜垣割菱 / cypress fence split diamond / ひがきわりびし / higaki wari bishi
紗綾形崩し / broken gossamer figure / さやがたくずし / sayagata kuzushi

169

transfigured wickerwork

変わり網代
かわりあじろ
kawari ajiro
transfigure net alternatingly
170

broken counting rods

算木崩し
さんきくずし
sanki kuzushi
count tree break

〜崩し縞 / a number of broken stripes / 〜くずしじま / no ji kuzushi jima
網代組 / braided wickerwork / あじろぐみ / ajiro gumi
〜の字崩し / a number of broken characters / 〜のじくずし / no ji kuzushi
石畳 / cobblestone / いしだたみ / ishi datami

171

diamond swastika

菱万字
ひしまんじ
hishi manji
rhombus ten-thousand character
172

well girder lattice

井桁格子
いげたこうし
igeta kōshi
well beam rank child

通し

dotted

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dotted

通し
とおし
tōshi
through
174

dotted squares

角通し
かくどおし
kaku dōshi
angle through
175

mosquito

ka
mosquito

十字 / cross / じゅうじ / jūji

176

flat well cross

平井十
ひらいじゅう
hirai jū
flat well ten
177

well girder kasuri

井桁絣
いげたがすり
igeta gasuri
well beam splash
178

grid of dots at a 45 degree angle

行儀
ぎょうぎ
gyōgi
go ceremony

It’s at 45 degrees, like a person bowing (hence the literal translation “behavior”).

179

fawn

鹿子
かこ
ka ko
deer child
180

cat paw

猫足
ねこあし
neko ashi
cat leg
181

bean

まめ
mame
bean

水玉 / water droplet / みずたま / mizu tama

182

abacus

算盤
そろばん
soroban
count grid

四角タイル

square tiling

183

nested diamond

入子菱
いれこびし
ire ko bishi
enter child diamond
184

triple tasuki

三重襷
みえだすき
mie dasuki
three layer kimono-sleeve-tuck-cord
185

Narihira diamond

業平菱
なりひらびし
narihira bishi
karma flat diamond
186

Goryeo edging small version

小紋高麗縁
こもんこうらいべり
komon kōrai beri
little family-crest tall beautiful edging
187

rice lattice

米格子
べいこうし
bei kōshi
rice rank child
188

striped fabric of Taishi

太子間道
たいしかんとう
taishi kantō
fat child interval road
189

linked Mt. Fuji

富士山繋ぎ
ふじやまつなぎ
fuji yama tsunagi
wealth gentleman mountain link
190

pine diamond

松菱
まつびし
matsu bishi
pine rhombus

若松菱 / young pine diamond / わかまつびし / waka matsu bishi

191

lightning lattice

雷格子
かみなりこうし
kaminari kōshi
lightning rank child

石畳

cobblestone

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cobblestone

石畳
いしだたみ
ishi datami
stone “tatami”

市松 / checkers / いちまつ / ichi matsu

193

dotted checkers

通し市松
とおしいちまつ
tōshi ichimatsu
through city pine
194

three measuring containers

三枡
みます
mi masu
three measuring-container

枡繋ぎ / linked measuring containers / ますつなぎ / masu tsunagi

195

linked eel

鰻繋ぎ
うなぎつなぎ
unagi tsunagi
eel link
196

Kikugorō lattice

菊五郎格子
きくごろうごうし
kikugorō gōshi
chrysanthemum five man rank child
197

transfigured checkers

変わり市松
かわりいちまつ
kawari ichimatsu
transfigure city pine

ピクセル化された

pixellated

198

well frame

井戸枠
いどわく
ido waku
well door frame
199

well

i
well
200

persimmon flower

柿の花
かきのはな
kaki no hana
persimmon flower
201

linked square cross

角十繋ぎ
かくじゅうつなぎ
kaku jū tsunagi
angle ten link

回転の石畳

cobblestone with rotation

202

pips

賽の目
さいのめ
sai no me
die eye
203

childlike

児びたい
こびたい
kobitai
child
204

squared-off hemp

角麻
かくあさ
kaku asa
angle hemp

八つ手麻の葉 / eight-handed hemp leaf / やつてあさのは / yatsu te asa no ha

205

eight-handed hemp leaf

八つ手麻の葉
やつてあさのは
yatsu te asa no ha
eight hand hemp leaf
206

chopped interlocked measuring container parquet

切り違い枡寄木
きりちがいますよせぎ
kiri chigai masu yosegi
cut staggered measuring-container gathered tree
207

lightning

かみなり
kaminari
lightning

雷繋ぎ / linked lightning / かみなりつなぎ / kaminari tsunagi

万字

swastika

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key fret

紗綾形
さやがた
sayagata
gauze design

万字繋ぎ / linked swastikas / まんじつなぎ / manji tsunagi
綸子 / figured satin / りんず / rinzu
雷繋ぎ / linked lightning / かみなりつなぎ / kaminari tsunagi
紗綾 / gossamer figure / さあや / saaya
While known in English as ‘key fret’, that refers to a number of non-Japanese patterns as well. This pattern is extremely common and will turn up in the searches for a number of similar names. Also there is a pattern 「秋名薔薇柄」 which is the same, just with a coloration accent.

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linked crosses

十字繋ぎ
じゅうじつなぎ
jūji tsunagi
ten character link

万字繋ぎ / linked swastikas / まんじつなぎ / manji tsunagi

210

linked swastikas forming Japanese character for “ki”

万字繋ぎキの字を成す
まんじつなぎきのじをなす
manji tsunagi ki no ji wo nasu
ten-thousand character link “ki” character become

万字繋ぎ / linked swastikas / まんじつなぎ / manji tsunagi

211

well girder swastika

井桁万字
いげたまんじ
igeta manji
well beam ten-thousand character
212

linked Japanese character for “worker”

工字繋ぎ
こうじつなぎ
kō ji tsunagi
“worker” character link

工字崩し / broken Japanese character for “worker” / こうじくずし / kō ji kuzushi

213

transfigured lightning

変わり雷
かわりかみなり
kawari kaminari
transfigure lightning

雷 / lightning / かみなり / kaminari

214

whirlpool swastika

渦万字
うずまんじ
uzu manji
whirlpool ten-thousand character
215

one-direction key fret

片し紗綾形
かたしさやがた
katashi sayagata
one-side gauze design shape
216

linked flat braided swastikas

平組万字繋ぎ
ひらくみまんじつなぎ
hira kumi manji tsunagi
flat braid ten-thousand character link
217

broken diamond swastika

万字崩し菱
まんじくずしびし
manji kuzushi bishi
rhombus ten-thousand character break
218

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō

松皮

pine bark

219

pine bark

松皮
まつかわ
matsukawa
pine skin

松皮菱 / pine bark diamond / まつかわびし / matsukawa bishi
松川 / pine river / まつかわ / matsu kawa

220

a Hokusai pattern*

北斎文様
ほくさいもんよう
hokusai monyō
221

layered pine bark diamond

重ね松皮菱
かさねまつかわびし
kasane matsukawa bishi
layer pine skin rhombus

続き山 / successive mountains / つづきやま / tsuzuki yama

散乱文様

scatter pattern


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hail

あられ
arare
hail

大小霰 / big and small hail / だいしょうあられ / dai shō arare

223

badger chrysanthemum

貉菊
むじなぎく
mujina giku
badger chrysanthemum

Supposed to look like a badger’s coat. But still represents chrystanthemum.

224

arabesque grass

唐草
からくさ
kara kusa
arabesque weed
225

shark

さめ
same
shark

乱れ鮫 / disorderly shark / みだれざめ / midare zame

226

dewy lawn

露芝
つゆしば
tsuyu shiba
dew lawn
227

whirlpool

渦巻
うずまき
uzu maki
whirlpool roll
228

flowing water

流水
りゅうすい
ryū sui
flow water

周期的な形状

cyclical shape


coin

229

pincer

釘抜き
くぎぬき
kugineki
nail remove

目結 / meyui / めゆい / meyui
目 / eye / め / me
目菱 / eye diamond / めびし / me bishi

230

eye diamond

目菱
めびし
me bishi
eye rhombus
231

square bullseye

的角
まとかく
moto kaku
target angle
232

coin

ぜに
zeni
coin
233

snake eye

蛇の目
じゃのめ
ja no me
snake eye

陰角

square outline

234

stretched square

垂れ角
たれかく
tare kaku
drip angle
235

square with corners cut

隅切角
すみきりかく
sumi kiri kaku
corner cut angle

折敷 / lacquered wooden tray / おしき / oshiki

236

square with corners indented

隅入角
すみいりかく
sumi iri kaku
corner enter angle
237

square with inner corners cut

内隅切角
ないすみきりかく
nai sumi kiri kaku
inner corner cut angle
238

square with inner corners idented

内隅入り角
ないすみいりかく
nai sumi iri kaku
inner corner enter angle
239

square with corners indented with vines

隅入り蔓角
すみいりつるかく
sumi iri tsuru kaku
corner enter vine angle
240

square with identations

中入り角
なかいりかく
naka iri kaku
middle enter angle
241

square with folded indentations

折り入り角
おりいりかく
ori iri kaku
fold enter angle
242

square with warped indentations

反り入り角
そりいりかく
sori iri kaku
warp enter angle
243

gathered square

角寄せ
かくよせ
kaku yose
gathered angle

陰丸

circular outline

244

moon ring

月輪
がちりん
gachi rin
moon ring
245

wheel of Genji

源氏車
げんじぐるま
genji guruma
origin clan car
246

zig-zag ring

雁木輪
がんぎわ
gangi wa
goose tree ring

The ‘goose tree’ part seems to refer to the zig-zag shape of flocking geese; I am unable to discern what ‘tree’ has to do with it. It also refers to a traditional style of dock consisting of stairs down into the water.

247

dango

団子
だんご
dango
association child
248

suhama ring

洲浜輪
すはまわ
suhama wa
sandbank beach ring

雑の同心円状

miscellaneous concentric

249

enso

円相
えんそう
ensō
circle aspect
250

sea fingers

海松
みる
miru
sea pine

抜き

removal

251

inverse Navagraha

抜け九曜
ぬけこよう
nuke koyō
remove nine day
252

kickball holder

鞠挟
まりばさみ
mari basami
ball grip
253

plum ring

梅輪
うめわ
ume wa
ume ring
254

hazy plum ring stencil

地抜朧梅輪
じぬきおぼろうめわ
ji nuki oboro ume wa
ground remove haze ume ring
255

heaven and earth

天地
てんち
tenchi
heaven ground

sun

256

sun rays

日足
ひあし
hiashi
sun leg
257

rising sun

旭光
きょっこう
kyokkō
asahi light
258

rising sun rays

旭光日足
きょっこうひあし
kyokkō hiashi
asahi light sun leg

九曜

Navagraha

259

Navagraha

九曜
くよう
kuyō
nine day
260

split Navagraha

割り九曜
わりくよう
wari kuyō
split nine day
261

Navagraha across three fans

三つ地紙に九曜
みつじがみにくよう
mitsu jigami ni kuyō
three ground paper nine day
262

knotted Navagraha

結び九曜
むすびこよう
musubi koyō
knot nine day
263

yin yang seven planets

陰陽七つ星
いんようななつほし
inyō nanatsu hoshi
shadow sunshine seven star
264

Hyuga kettle trivet

日向釜敷
ひゅうがかましき
hyūga kamashiki
sun opposite kettle trivet
265

three linked stars

繋ぎ三つ星
つなぎみつぼし
tsunagi mitsu boshi
link three star
266

three mirrors

三つ鏡
みつかがみ
mitsu kagami
three mirror
267

dotted plum pot

星梅鉢
ほしうめばち
hoshi ume bachi
star ume pot

基本的な共通の花

basic common flowers

268

plum

うめ
ume
ume

梅花 / plum flower / ばいか / baika

269

cherry blossom

さくら
sakura
cherry-blossom
270

chrysanthemum

きく
kiku
chrysanthemum
271

quince

木瓜
もっこう
mokkō
tree melon
272

hollyhock

あおい
aoi
hollyhock
273

arabesque flower

唐花
からはな
kara hana
arabesque flower
274

bellflower

桔梗
ききょう
kikyō
orange stem

基本的で珍しい花

basic uncommon flowers

275

woodsorrel

片喰
かたばみ
katabami
one-side eat
276

floating weeds

浮草
うきくさ
uki kusa
float weed

四つ葉片喰 / four leaf woodsorrel / よつばかたばみ / yotsuba katabami

277

waterclover

田字草
でんじそう
denjisō
rice-paddy character weed
278

persimmon flower

柿の花
かきのはな
kaki no hana
persimmon flower
279

melon flower

瓜の花
うりのはな
uri no hana
melon flower

柿の花 / persimmon flower / かきのはな / kaki no hana

280

nadeshiko

撫子
なでしこ
nadeshiko
stroke child
281

Yanagisawa diamond leaf

柳沢菱の葉
やなぎざわひしのは
yanagisawa hishi no ha
willow swamp rhombus leaf
282

calabash flower

夕顔
ゆうがお
yūgao
evening face flower
283

shepherd’s purse

なづな
nazuna
shepherd’s-purse
284

six leaves

六葉
ろくよう
roku yō
six leaf

六葉懸魚 / six leaf gable pendant / ろくようげぎょ / roku yō gegyo

285

gardenia

梔子
くちなし
kuchinashi
gardenia child

山梔子 / mountain gardenia / さんしし / sanshishi

花の変形

flower variation

286

Korin clematis

光琳鉄線
こうりんてっせん
kōrin tessen
light jewel iron line
287

Korin woodsorrel

光琳片喰
こうりんかたばみ
kōrin katabami
light jewel one-side eat
288

Korin plum pot

光琳梅鉢
こうりんうめばち
kōrin ume bachi
light jewel ume pot
289

plum backside

向こう梅
むこううめ
mukō ume
opposite ume
290

plum pot

梅鉢
うめばち
ume bachi
ume pot
291

separated arabesque flower

離れ唐花
はなれからはな
hanare kara hana
separate arabesque flower
292

arabesque pear

唐梨
からなし
kara nashi
arabesque pear
293

arabesque pear flower

唐梨の花
からなしのはな
kara nashi no hana
arabesque pear flower
294

transfigured arabesque pear flower

変わり唐梨の花
かわりからなしのはな
kawari kara nashi no hana
transfigure arabesque pear flower
295

cherry blossom well cherry blossom

桜井桜
さくらいさくら
sakura i sakura
cherry-blossom well cherry-blossom

snow

296

snow ring

雪輪
ゆきわ
yuki wa
snow ring
297

first snow

初雪
はつゆき
hatsu yuki
first snow
298

spring snow

春の雪
はるのゆき
haru no yuki
spring snow
299

icicle snow

氷柱雪
つららゆき
tsurara yuki
ice pillar snow

hemp

300

hemp leaf

麻の葉
あさのは
asa no ha
hemp leaf
301

hemp leaf bellflower

麻の葉桔梗
あさのはききょう
asa no ha kikyō
hemp leaf orange stem
302

hemp leaf wheel

麻の葉車
あさのはぐるま
asa no ha guruma
hemp leaf car

三つ

three-way

303

three diamonds

三菱
みつびし
mitsu bishi
three rhombus
304

seven united scales

持合七つ鱗
もちあいななつうろこ
mochiai nanatsu uroko
have together seven scale

七つ繋ぎ鱗 / seven linked scales / ななつつなぎうろこ / nanatsu tsunagi uroko

305

three mountains

三つ山
みつやま
mitsu yama
three mountain

三つ寄せ山 / three gathered mountains / みつよせやま / mitsu yose yama

306

three sand mounds

三つ立砂
みつたてずな
mitsu tate zuna
three stand sand
307

hexagon of three-storied diamonds

六角三階菱
ろっかくさんかいびし
rokkaku sankai bishi
six angle three floor rhombus

頭合せ三つ三階菱 / three three-storied diamonds with tops together / かしらあわせみつさんかいびし / kashira awase mitsu sankai bishi
三つ三階菱 / three three-storied diamonds / みつさんかいびし / mitsu sankai bishi

308

three gathered counterweights

三つ寄せ分銅
みつよせふんどう
mitsu yose fundō
three gathered part copper
309

three braided counterweights

三つ組み分銅
みつくみふんどう
mitsu kumi fundō
three braid part copper
310

three Japanese characters for “big”

三つ大の字
みつだいのじ
mitsu dai no ji
three big character
311

kettle stand

五徳
ごとく
gotoku
five virtue
312

Akagaki scale

赤垣鱗
あかがきうろこ
akagaki uroko
red fence scale

七宝

seven treasures

313

seven treasures

七宝
しっぽう
shippō
seven treasure

甲地割 / armor cracks / こうじわり / kōji wari

314

Ōoka seven treasures

大岡七宝
おおおかしっぽう
ōoka shippō
big hill seven treasure

雑の遠心的

miscellaneous centrifugal

315

skein four-eyes

桛四つ目
かせよつめ
kase yotsume
skein four eye
316

windmill

風車
ふうしゃ
fūsha
wind car
317

murago dyeing style

村濃
むらご
murago
village deep
318

interlocked ring quince

輪違い木瓜
わちがいもっこう
wa chigai mokkō
ring staggered tree melon

十字

cross

319

thread spool

糸巻
いとまき
itomaki
thread roll

反り角 / warped square / そりかく / sori kaku

320

interlocked cut bamboo

違い切竹
ちがいきりたけ
chigai karitake
staggered cut bamboo

切竹十字 / cut bamboo cross / きりたけじゅうじ / kiri take jūji
切竹久留子 / cut bamboo cross / きりたけくるす / kiri take kurusu

321

wooden skein

桛木
かせぎ
kasegi
skein tree

桛木久留子 / wooden skein cross / かせぎくるす / kasegi kurusu

322

square cross

角形久留子
かくがたくるす
kakugata kurusu
angle shape long abroad child
323

Hioki cross

日置十文字
ひおきじゅうもんじ
hioki jūmonji
sun placement ten letter character
324

six directional tortoise shell

六方亀甲
ろっぽうきっこう
roppō kikkō
six side tortoise shell

tomoe

325

tomoe

ともえ
tomoe
tomoe

鞆絵 / tomoe / ともえ / tomoe

326

inverse tomoe

抜け巴
ぬけともえ
nuke tomoe
remove tomoe
327

magatama tomoe

勾玉巴
まがたまともえ
magatama tomoe
slope sphere tomoe
328

split suhama chasing each other

割り追い洲浜
わりおいすはま
wari oi suhama
split chase sandbank beach
329

kickball tomoe

鞠巴
まりどもえ
mari domoe
ball tomoe

変わり巴 / transfigured tomoe / かわりともえ / kawari tomoe

輪違い

staggered rings

330

a number of interlocked rings

〜輪違い
〜つ輪違い
wa chigai
ring staggered
331

woven bamboo kettle trivet

籠目釜敷
かごめかましき
kagome kamashiki
basket eye kettle trivet
332

kettle trivet Navagraha

釜敷九曜
かましきくよう
kamashiki kuyō
kettle trivet nine day
333

door lock

鎖金
とじがね
tojigane
chain gold
334

braided diamond outline

陰組み菱
かげくみびし
kage kumi bishi
shadow braid rhombus

陰結び菱 / knotted diamond outline / かげむすびびし / kage musubi bishi

共通の結び

common knots

335

treasure knot

宝結び
たからむすび
takara musubi
treasure knot
336

floral vine style treasure knot

華蔓宝結び
けまんたからむすび
keman takara musubi
splendor vine treasure knot
337

knotted oak

結び柏
むすびかしわ
musubi kashiwa
knot oak

珍しい結び

uncommon knots

338

interlocked knotted rings

結び輪違い
むすびわちがい
musubi wa chigai
knot ring staggered
339

broken interlocked rings

輪違い崩し
わちがいくずし
wa chigai kuzushi
ring staggered break
340

six broken golden rings

六つ金輪崩し
むつかなわくずし
mutsu kanawa kuzushi
six gold ring break

六つ割り金輪崩し / six split broken golden rings / むつわりかなわくずし / mutsu wari kanawa kuzushi

341

transfigured bellflower kettle trivet

変わり桔梗釜敷
かわりききょうがましき
kawari kikyō gamashiki
transfigure orange stem kettle trivet
342

cherry blossom staggered rings

桜の輪違い
さくらのわちがい
sakura no wa chigai
cherry-blossom ring stagger
343

knotted kettle trivet

結び釜敷
むすびかましき
musubi kamishiki
knot kettle trivet
344

three united knotted oaks

三つ持ち合い結び柏
みつもちあいむすびかしわ
mitsu mochiai musubi kashiwa
three have together knot oak
345

staggered ring four floral diamonds

輪違いの四つ花菱
わちがいのよつはなびし
wa chigai no yotsu hana bishi
ring stagger four flower diamond
346

braided x-mark in a circle, drawn in one stroke

一筆書き丸に組み直違
ひとふでがきまるにくみすじかい
hitofudegaki maru ni kumi sujikai
one brush write circle braid straight staggered
347

knotted four-eyed diamond

結び四つ目菱
むすびよつめびし
musubi yotsu mebishi
knot four eye rhombus
348

knotted tortoise shell

結び亀甲
むすびきっこう
musubi kikkō
knot tortoise shell
349

eight braided squares

八つ組角
やつくみかく
yatsu kumi kaku
eight braid angle
350

knotted square

結び角
むすびかく
musubi kaku
knot angle

万字

swastika

351

broken swastika

万字崩し
まんじくずし
manji kuzushi
ten-thousand character break
352

four linked swastikas

四つ万字繋ぎ
よつまんじつなぎ
yotsu manji tsunagi
four ten-thousand character link

四つ持ち合い万字 / four united swastikas / よつもちあいまんじ / yotsu mochiai manji
四つ万字崩し / four broken swastikas / よつまんじくずし / yotsu manji kuzushi

353

broken lightning bolt

稲妻崩し
いなずまくずし
inazuma kuzushi
rice-plant wife break
354

Japanese character for “i” diamond

イ菱
いびし
i bishi
“i” rhombus

イの字菱 / Japanese character for “i” diamond / いのじびし / i no ji bishi

355

four stone wheel

四つ石車
よついしぐるま
yotsu ishi guruma
four stone car

重ね石 / layered stones / かさねいし / kasane ishi

356

four gathered standing drums

四つ寄せ立鼓
よつよせりゅうご
yotsu yose ryūgo
four gathered stand drum
357

swastika circle

万字丸
まんじまる
manji maru
ten-thousand character circle
358

twisted swastika

捻万字
ぬじまんじ
nuji manji
twist ten-thousand character
359

twisted swastika diamond

捻じ万字菱
ねじまんじびし
neji manji bishi
twist ten-thousand character rhombus
360

horn swastika

角万字
つのまんじ
tsuno manji
angle ten-thousand character

braid

361

braided x-mark

組み直違
くみすじかい
kumi sujikai
braid straight staggered

組み筋違 / braided x-mark / くみすじかい / kumi sujikai

362

three braided together mountains

三つ組み合い山
みつくみあいやま
mitsu kumi ai yama
three braid together mountain
363

transfigured broken tortoise shell

変わり亀甲崩し
かわりきっこくずし
kawari kikkō kuzushi
transfigure tortoise shell break

twist

364

tatami kettle trivet

畳釜敷
たたみかましき
tatami kamashiki
“tatami” kettle trivet
365

four stones eating into each other

四つ食い入り石
よつくいいりいし
yotsu kui iri ishi
four eat enter stone

四つ喰入石 / four stones eating into each other / よつくいいりいし / yotsu kui iri ishi
四つ重ね石 / four layered stones / よつかさねいし / yotsu kasane ishi

獅子

lion

366

lion

獅子
しし
shishi
lion child

獅子毛 / lion mane / ししげ / shishige

367

susuki ring

薄輪
すすきわ
susuki wa
susuki-grass ring

稲妻

lightning bolt

368

twined lightning bolt

絡み稲妻
からみいなずま
karami inazuma
intertwine rice-plant wife
369

lightning bold standing drum

稲妻立鼓
いなずまりゅうご
inazuma ryūgo
rice-plant wife stand drum

非周期的な形状

non-cyclical shape


pulls

370

squared-off characters

角文字
かくもじ
kaku moji
angle letter character

算木 / counting rods / さんぎ / sangi
揃い引 / collection of pulls / そろいひき / soroi hiki

371

three cut cubes

角切三
かくきりさん
kaku kiri san
angle cut three
372

characters

文字
もじ
moji
letter character
373

jagged characters

縮文字
ちぢもじ
chiji moji
shrivelling letter character

揺文字 / vibrating characters / ゆりもじ / yuri moji

374

wavy characters

波文字
なみもじ
nami moji
wave letter character

揺文字 / vibrating characters / ゆりもじ / yuri moji

375

zig-zag stripes

筋山道
すじやまみち
suji yama michi
fiber mountain road
376

pulls

ひき
hiki
pull

The etymology of 「引」 is mysterious. Sometimes specified as 「引両」, or less commonly as 「引霊」, 「引領」, 「引料」, or 「引竜」.

377

pulls exiting a circle

丸に出引
まるにでひき
maru ni de hiki
circle exit pull

引違い抜簾 / interlocked pulls with a bamboo trough tool / ひきちがいぬきす / hiki chigai nukisu

378

seven conflicting pulls

食い違い七つ引
くいちがいななつひき
kui chigai nanatsu hiki
eat staggered seven pull
379

Bagua

八卦
はっけ
hakke
eight divination-sign
380

incense figure

香の図
こうのず
kōnozu
scent drawing

源氏香の図 / Genji incense figure / げんじこうのず / genji kōnozu
There are 52 variations on this shape.

mist

381

mist

かすみ
kasumi
mist
382

spring mist

春霞
はるがすみ
haru gasumi
spring mist

well

383

well girder

井桁
いげた
igeta
well beam

井筒 / well curb / いづつ / izutsu

384

a variable-number-sided well girder

〜方井桁
〜ほういげた
hōi geta
side well beam

〜角井桁 / a variable-number-sided well girder / 〜かくいげた / kakui geta
〜角井 / a variable-number-sided well curb / 〜かくい / kakui

385

broken well girder

井桁崩し
いげたくずし
igeta kuzushi
well beam break
386

folded well curb

折り込み井筒
おりこみいづつ
orikomi izutsu
fold crowd well pipe
387

knotted well girder

結び井桁
むすびいげた
musubi igeta
knot well beam

唐井筒 / arabesque well curb / からいづつ / kara izutsu

388

interlocked ring well curb

輪違い井筒
わちがいいづつ
wa chigai izutsu
ring staggered well pipe
389

broken well girder subtracted from circle

石持ち井桁崩し
いしもちいげたくずし
ishi mochi igeta kuzushi
stone have well beam break

丸形井筒 / round well curb / まるがたいづつ / marugata izutsu

格子

lattice

390

lattice

格子
こうし
kōshi
rank child
391

Ku-ji

九字
くじ
ku ji
nine character

くの字木菱 / Japanese character for “ku” stick diamond / くのじきびし / ku no ji ki bishi

392

crossed Ku-ji

九字筋違
くじすじかい
ku ji sujikai
nine character fiber staggered

九字直違 / crossed Ku-ji / くじすじかい / ku ji sujikai

393

Ku-ji stencil

石持ち地抜き九字
こくもちじぬきくじ
koku mochi ji nuki ku ji
stone have ground remove nine character
394

sixteen musashi

十六武蔵
じゅうろくむさし
jūroku musashi
ten six warrior warehouse

boxes

395

measuring container

ます
masu
measuring-container
396

three measuring containers

三枡
みます
mi masu
three measuring-container
397

broken measuring container

桝崩し
ますくずし
masu kuzushi
measuring-container break

diamond

398

split diamond

割菱
わりびし
wari bishi
split rhombus

武田菱 / Takeda diamond / たけだびし / takeda bishi

399

fortune diamond

幸菱
さいわいびし
saiwai bishi
fortune rhombus

There are a ton of family crests that are variants on this.

400

arabesque pine diamond

唐松菱
からまつびし
kara matsu bishi
arabesque pine rhombus
401

hazy flower diamond

朧花菱
おぼろはなびし
oboro hana bishi
haze flower rhombus
402

four layered diamonds

四つ重ね菱
よつかさねびし
yotsu kasane bishi
four layer rhombus
403

diamond counterweight

菱分銅
ひしふんどう
hishi fundō
rhombus part copper
404

counterweight diamond

分銅菱
ふんどうびし
fundō bishi
part copper rhombus
405

interlocked pincers

違い釘抜き
ちがいくぎぬき
chigai kuginuki
staggered nail remove
406

two four-meyuis

四つ目結二つ
よつめゆいふたつ
yotsu meyui futatsu
four eye knot two

松皮

pine bark

407

pine bark

松皮
まつかわ
matsukawa
pine skin

松皮菱 / pine bark diamond / まつかわびし / matsukawa bishi

408

three-storied diamond

三階菱
さんかいびし
sankai bishi
three floor rhombus
409

five-storied diamond

五階菱
ごかいびし
gokaibishi
five floor rhombus
410

lightning bolt pine bark

稲妻松皮
いなずままつかわ
inazuma matsukawa
rice-plant wife pine skin

線状

linear

411

bamboo chip

竹切
たけぎり
takegiri
bamboo cut
412

nock

矢筈
やはず
yahazu
arrow nock
413

skewered dango

串団子
くしだんご
kushi dango
skewer association child
414

circle, triangle, square

丸・三角・四角
まる・さんかく・しかく
maru, sankaku, shikaku
circle, three angle, four angle
415

carpenter’s square

曲尺
かねじゃく
kanejaku
bend ruler

差し金 / carpenter’s square / さしがね / sashigane

416

bracken

わらび
warabi
bracken
417

clematis

鉄線
てっせん
tessen
iron line

鉄仙 / clematis / てっせん / tessen

418

rudder

かじ
kaji
rudder

Tの字型

T-shaped

419

sword

けん
ken
sword
420

nail

くぎ
kugi
nail
421

fan

おうぎ
ōgi
fan
422

battledore

羽子板
はごいた
hagoita
feather child grid
423

paddle

かい
kai
paddle
424

hairpin

こうがい
kōgai
hairpin
425

waterway signpost

澪標
みおつくし
miotsukushi
waterway signpost
426

four standing drums joined together

四つ入合立鼓
よついりあいりゅうご
yotsu iri ai ryūgo
four enter together stand drum
427

ginkgo

銀杏
いちょう
ichō
silver apricot

mountain

428

mountain

やま
yama
mountain
429

floral mountain

花山
かざん
kazan
flower mountain
430

Mt. Fuji

富士
ふじ
fuji
wealth gentleman
431

three mountains

三つ山
みつやま
mitsuyama
three mountain
432

exiting mountain

出山
しゅつざん
shutsuzan
exit mountain

入山 / entering mountain / にゅうざん / nyūzan
差し金違い山 / interlocked carpenters squares mountain / さしがねちがいやま / sashigane chigai yama

433

three braided interlocked mountains

三つ組み違い山
みつくみちがいやま
mitsu kumi chigai yama
three braid staggered mountain

kettle handle

434

kettle handle

かん
kan
kettle-handle
435

arabesque kettle handle

唐鐶
とうかん
tō kan
arabesque kettle-handle

地紙

fan

436

fan paper

地紙
じがみ
jigami
ground paper

Means ground paper because it’s the backing paper; it’s just cut in the shape of a fan.

437

a number-boned folding fan

〜本扇の骨
〜ぼんおうぎのほね
bon ōgi no hone
book fan bone

洲浜

suhama

438

suhama

洲浜
すはま
suhama
sandbank beach

州浜 / suhama / すはま / suhama

439

demon suhama

鬼洲浜
おにすはま
oni suhama
demon sandbank beach

変わり洲浜 / transfigured suhama / かわりすはま / kawari suhama

440

bellflower suhama

洲浜桔梗
すはまききょう
suhama kikyō
sandbank beach orange stem
441

vine suhama

蔓洲浜
つるすはま
tsuru suhama
vine sandbank beach
442

hazy suhama

朧洲浜
おぼろすはま
oboro suhama
haze sandbank beach
443

transfigured suhama

変わり洲浜
かわりすはま
kawari suhama
transfigure sandbank beach

有機Uの字型

organic U-shaped

444

popular wisteria flower

盛り藤の花
もりふじのはな
mori fuji no hana
popular wisteria flower
445

broken tortoise shell

亀甲崩し
きっこうくずし
kikkō kuzushi
tortoise shell break
446

pine needle

松葉
まつば
matsu ba
pine leaf
447

bound monkey

括り猿
くくりざる
kukuri zaru
bound monkey
448

dragon scales

龍の鱗
りゅうのうろこ
ryū no uroko
dragon scale
449

side view of a gardenia

三つ横見梔子
みつよこみくちなし
mitsu yoko mi kuchinashi
three horizontal view gardenia child
450

walnut

胡桃
くるみ
kurumi
foreign peach

雁金

goose

451

goose

雁金
かりがね
karigane
goose gold
452

knotted goose

結び雁金
むすびかりがね
musubi karigane
knot goose gold

具Uの字型

tool U-shaped

453

hoe

くわ
kuwa
hoe
454

koto bridge

琴柱
ことじ
koto ji
koto pillar
455

knot

結び
むすび
musubi
knot

Represents an 「御神籤」: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-mikuji

456

spool

千切り
ちぎり
chigiri
thousand cut
457

bridge pillar

橋杭
はしぐい
hashigui
bridge stake

分銅

counterweight

458

counterweight

分銅
ふんどう
fundō
part copper
459

pregnant counterweight

子持ち分銅
こもちふんどう
komochi fundō
child have part copper

hand drum

460

hand drum

つづみ
tsuzumi
drum

輪鼓 / ring drum / りゅうご / ryūgo
立鼓 / standing drum / りゅうご / ryūgo

461

warped standing drum

反り立鼓
そりりゅうご
wari ryūgo
warp stand drum
462

waist drum

鼓胴
こどう
kodō
drum waist
463

Japanese character for “standing” standing drum

立字立鼓
たつじりゅうご
tatsu ji ryūgo
stand character stand drum

Bの字型

B-shaped

464

levee stakes

追州流
おうすながし
ōsunagashi
chase sandbank flow

Represents stakes which hold up gabions (nets of rocks) in traditional Japanese levees.

465

hazy moon

朧月
おぼろづき
oboro zuki
haze moon
466

sun and moon

日月
じつげつ
jitsu getsu
sun moon
467

pestle

きね
kine
pestle
468

interlocked square and ring

角輪違い
かくわちがい
kaku wa chigai
angle ring staggered
469

ring of wisdom

知恵の輪
ちえのわ
chie no wa
wisdom bless ring

金輪崩し / broken golden rings / かなわくずし / kana wa kuzushi

470

arabesque round fan

唐団扇
とううちわ
tō uchiwa
arabesque association fan
471

united bridle bits

持ち合い轡
もちあいくつわ
mochiai kutsuwa
have together bridle-bit

Aの字型

A-shaped

472

Japanese chess piece

将棋駒
しょうぎこま
shōgi koma
leader shogi piece
473

calamus

菖蒲
しょうぶ
shōbu
calamus bullrush

菖蒲革 / calamus leather / しょうぶがわ / shōbu gawa
菖蒲の葉 / calamus leaf / しょうぶのは / shōbu no ha

474

shamisen bridge

三味駒
しゃみこま
shami koma
three flavor piece
475

three stones

三つ石
みついし
mitsu ishi
three stone
476

plover

千鳥
ちどり
chidori
thousand bird
477

rising wave

立波
たつなみ
tatsunami
stand wave
478

metal buckle

鉸具
かこ
kako
scissors tool

Oの字型

O-shaped

479

net

あみ
ami
net
480

Korin plum

光琳梅
こうりんうめ
kōrin ume
light jewel ume
481

round fan crossed with citrus tachibana

団扇橘
うちわたちばな
uchiwa tachibana
association fan tachibana
482

ruyi

如意
にょい
nyoi
like thought
483

Buddhist temple cloud plate

提盤
ちょうばん
chōban
propose grid

打板 / Buddhist temple cloud plate / ちょうばん / chōban

484

gem

宝珠
ほうじゅ
hōju
treasure gem
485

handball

手鞠
てまり
temari
hand ball
486

Korin chrysanthemum

光琳菊
こうりんきく
kōrin kiku
light jewel chrysanthemum

万寿菊 / longevity chrysanthemum / まんじゅぎく / manju giku

487

imperial hall style yin yang ring

大極円
だいきょくえん
daikyoku en
big pole circle

変更

modifier


変更 – 中身

modifier – filling

488

ring

wa
ring
489

gun

鉄砲
てっぽう
teppō
iron gun
490

carrying vs shadow

持 – 陰
もちVSかげ
mochi vs kage
have – shadow
491

bridle bit

くつわ
kutsuwa
bridle-bit
492

lightning bolt

稲妻
いなずま
inazuma
rice-plant wife
493

stencil

地抜き
じぬき
jinuki
ground remove

変更 – 変形

modifier – transformation

494

flat vs standing

平 – 立
ひらVSたち
hira vs tachi
flat – stand
495

bean

まめ
mame
bean

変更 – 屈折

modifier – distortion

496

warped

反り
そり
sori
warp
497

swollen

浮腫
むくみ
mukumi
float tumor
498

smoothed

撫で
なで
nade
stroke
499

vibrating

ゆれ
yure
vibrate
500

demon

おに
oni
demon
501

pregnant

子持ち
こもち
komochi
child have
502

twisted

ねじ
neji
twist

変更 – 崩し

modifier – breaking

503

split

わり
wari
split
504

split outward

外割り
そとわり
soto wari
outside split
505

peeking

覗き
のぞき
nozoki
peek

変更 – コピー

modifier – copying

506

arranged

並び
ならび
narabi
lined-up
507

wheel

くるま
kuruma
car
508

united

持合
もちあい
mochiai
have together

種類間ショーケース

cross-category showcase

255, 393
11, 221
25, 337, 362, 363, 442
435, 441, 482
261, 308
378, 487
115, 221
61, 131, 180, 187
123, 190
361, 425, 464
324, 348
408, 307
255, 393
339, 387
255, 393
78, 127
189, 432
66, 191, 207
89, 116, 29

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I also came across a few books that might be of interest, though I only actually referenced a couple of these:

  1. 北斎模様画譜 / 北斎 葛飾 / n/a
  2. 紋章百選 / 間瀬 正也 / n/a
  3. 日本の家紋 / 青幻舎 / 4861520037
  4. 日本・中国の文様事典 / 早坂 優子 / 4881081500
  5. 和の意匠にみる文様の名の物語 / 木村 孝 / 4473032752
  6. Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations / Susan Briscoe / 0715318470
  7. Japanese Quilting: Sashiko / Hiromitsu Takano / 0713486341
  8. 刺し子の文様 / ブティック社 / 4834739554
  9. 嫁入り道具の花ふきん教室 / 近藤 陽絽子 / 4766001974
  10. 嫁入り道具の花ふきん / 近藤 陽絽子 / 4766001834
  11. クロスステッチで楽しむ和の模様 / 遠藤 佐絵子 / 4309284051
  12. 小紋文様 (伝統の染織工芸意匠集) / 高田 啓史 / 476611826X
* And a very special thanks to 小紋屋 高田勝, Komonya Masaru Takada, a Kyoto-based kimono shop that is helping me translate the names of some of Hokusai’s patterns from his archaic handwriting, which most professional Japanese services are unable to read. Please check out their work here: https://www.facebook.com/komonya/

Footnotes

1

I’ve just returned home from briefly living in Japan, where I became obsessed with the country’s wealth of traditional geometric patterns and shapes. They are found across every craft, from apparel to ceramics to architecture.

Often I struggled to find the name of a particular pattern or shape. Several times I’d ask a Japanese person on the spot but found it difficult to convey to them the information I was seeking; I suspect that these patterns are ubiquitous enough that the average Japanese person sees right through them. My Japanese language skills are also not so great, limiting my precision in such situations, as well as my Google image search powers.

Now it’s not so tough to find one of the many online posts in English which provide the names for the dozen or so most common traditional geometric Japanese patterns. Most of these will even provide a chunk of history, or contextualize the pattern by describing what it connotes or what it’s most commonly found adorning. My goal was not to provide this sort of detail (depending on the pattern, though, I may have notes about history or context, so if you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll be happy to share what I’ve found). I just wanted to provide a one-stop, eye-opener of a place with a somewhat comprehensive survey of all the patterns.

I tried to avoid word-based explanation as much as possible, letting the differences in the pictures speak for themselves. I couldn’t always get it perfect though. Some pictures illustrate differences but you have to use your imagination to subtract some irrelevant noise. For example, having sourced these images from all over the internet, many of the comparisons do not have the same thickness of the strokes, so I’m almost never addressing thickness here (great illustration of the thickness continuum here, though: http://minagi.p-kit.com/page136602.html)

2

Regarding the level of comprehensiveness I’ve achieved here: I had to cut myself off somewhere. Japan has so many traditional crafts, and so many of these crafts have their own sets of patterns, sometimes even hundreds of their own, that if I were to attempt to catalog them all, I’d never finish. So I’m not going to document every sashiko stitch, Kogin stitch, kumiko lattice, presentation design, kasuri pattern, shibori pattern, tokko pattern, parquet pattern, flag symbol, crystal glass texture, or family crest. If you want to deep dive into any of those, be my guest.

It’s a bit complicated because many traditional Japanese patterns can be traced back to China or elsewhere in Asia. Again, I don’t intend to dive into history here. I don’t mean to imply that these patterns are the cultural property primarily of Japan. By the same token I am not including the extensive patterns of the indigenous Ainu or Ryukyu people who in modern day fall within Japanese borders; these are separate traditions worthy of their own deep dives. Admittedly my defined scope is arbitrary, but I suppose I’m shooting for a set of traditional patterns which today are ubiquitous in Japan per my experience traveling around the country and looking at stuff.

I tended to avoid shapes which:

  1. were representational, especially if it was obvious what they represented, even if it was relatively simple. So I won’t include the shapes for pine tree or paulownia, no matter how popular they are. I did include the plover and wild goose just because of how creative and abstract they do get with their outlines.
  2. only seemed to be found in a single family crest.
  3. did not seem to ever be used in combination with other shapes.
  4. were overly detailed, even if they were quite geometric. I did include quite a few flowers because I thought the subtle differences in their shapes were interesting. A rich tradition of flowery, colorful, detailed, organic patterns also exists in Japan, but here I am just interested in the fundamentally geometric ones.
  5. were merely stylized single Japanese characters.
  6. were well known outside of Japanese culture.

On the other hand, I would prioritize ones which I felt were remarkable, subtle (or subtly different from each other), inventive, or highly recognizable. Obviously my decisions were arbitrary and at a certain point borne out of my desire for this project to be finished so I can move on to something else of interest.

My reasoning here is that some readers are going to want to dig deeper and know all the names, and I wasn’t going to recreate all that work. This is more of a toolbox if you want to get inspired to understand the basic building blocks.

3

I’m not an expert on the Japanese language at all, let alone Japanese pronunciation nor Romanization, so I may have made some mistakes or poor translations. I did submit my work to a native Japanese speaker for proofreading. I welcome feedback.

Some of these were pretty hard to find because they aren’t in dictionaries, use ancient Chinese characters, etc.

As a stretch goal I do hope this post can serve as a resource to Japanese speakers as well. As my knowledge of these patterns matured along my quest, I began to notice Japanese language material with vague or inaccurate names captioning their patterns, so I may even be able to help Japanese people get clarity on this area of interest.

4

480×360 pixel black and white PNG. I wanted the background to be transparent but I couldn’t find a way around my free WordPress account’s management of the background color either for when viewing files directly or images in its galleries; it was always black.

I was not interested in patterns whose complexity depends on coloration. There were only a few shapes and patterns which stipulated multiple colors though.

5

I wanted to illuminate the connections between the kanji used in various shapes and patterns, and aid discovering them, so for each one I also included a “literal translation” which is nothing but a one-to-one substitution code of kanji to English words. For example, the shape best translated as “pincer” uses kanji for “nail” and “remove”, so I also provided the name “nail remove”.

Proper nouns lack English translations, but are distinguished by their capitalization. Several Japanese nouns have no equivalent in English, such as tomoe, dango, or shibori, but are not proper nouns, so they are not distinguished by their capitalization; in these cases I have italicized them instead.

Not only do many patterns have multiple names, many names apply to multiple patterns. You have been forewarned.

6

Also, despite focusing on geometric patterns, I am not going to deep dive into the mathematics behind them, such as wallpaper groups (though that work would interest me at some point; in fact I often see wallpaper groups illustrated with Japanese geometric patterns). Here I’m just roughly categorizing by the symmetries and repetitions they evoke, not strictly analyzing their symmetry.

7

A rich culture already exists of experimenting with these patterns. In the field you will find endless re-combinations of shapes and modifiers, and I hope this gives you the toolbox you need to identify them. I have acquired a sizable collection of such experiments, and have planned a few myself. Let me know if you’re in seeing the ones I’ve gathered on my travels (both physical and online).

Film Micrœview #466: Paycheck

10.09.2018 § Leave a comment

Rating: Bad.

Actually I disliked the short story by P. K. Dick this film was based on. The main character didn’t really make any interesting decisions. Everything just played out according to his forgotten past self’s plan. Creepy as it turns out, and dark, it doesn’t make for strong storytelling.

This film pries a bit deeper into the essences of past and future and present. I’ll give it that. But it can’t save it from being a dumb 90’s action movie, starring Smuggy McSmugface.

Film Micrœview #465: Screamers

10.07.2018 § Leave a comment

Rating: Evil.

This is really just a bad movie. But I am giving it my “evil” rating because I am a P. K. Dick fanboy and I feel it was so disrespectful to the source material that it warrants classification as evil.

The original short story was one of the darkest things I’ve ever read. The humans have nearly destroyed themselves fighting each other, and in their arms races have created robotic weapons so powerful that they have lost control of them. The humans all agree they are doomed. But the main character finds consolation in the belief that the ascendant robots are capable of having their own culture. The others disagree, saying that they are no more than killing machines. The twist in the end is the worst of both worlds: the robots do seem to have their own culture, but it is a culture only of factioning off and destroying each other.

P. K. Dick took a tired trope of machines being the next stage in evolution past man, and injected it with an profound pessimism. This film discards all of his ingenuity, reducing the premise back to the standard machines outgrowing man. These machines recite Shakespeare, and show capacity for love and sentimentality. The in-fighting between the robots is not demonstrated as an evolutionary/war thing, but a cat fight. I really hope this wasn’t Dan O’Bannon’s touch because he’s one of Jodorowsky’s spiritual warriors, you know?

They also for some reason gain the ability to copy people’s faces and voices. And get prison tattoos when they get mean. I’m not making this up.

In the book, the more human-like machines were insanely more dangerous. They were evolving into better killers. In the movie, the ones which pose as kids lumber at you like zombies. Useless.

Horrible score. Bad CG and stop-motion. All white people cast. A strong female character from the story was reduced to anti-feminist bullshit. Boring and annoying dialog.

I thought I had seen this a long time ago, but there’s definitely no way I had seen it before.

 

Dream 568: Pupper Popper

10.06.2018 § Leave a comment

I’m looking at that old profile pic of Erez’s again, the one of a piece of mangled rabbit fur roadkill with googly eyes that he’s roasting over a fire. But this time there’s a spider crawling up it, rapidly up my leg, toward my arm pit!

Sitting at a sample bar, wondering if this chocolate-covered pistachio-chocolate filling candy will be a decent replacement for the jelly beans Karin originally sent me to the grocery store for but which they are out of.

Film Micrœview #464: Forbidden Zone

10.05.2018 § Leave a comment

Rating: Shrug.

I mean, what can I say. This was one of the most unhinged, disgusting films I’ve ever witnessed.

I’m going to go ahead and say that while there are obviously insanely racist stereotypes in the film, given the overall surreal vibe and the contextualization of the music into minority traditions, the film did not come across as racist itself, so much as as an uncompromising id shitstorm.

Somewhere between the legacies of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Tim Burton you will find this oddity.

 

Film Micrœview #463: Coffy

10.01.2018 § Leave a comment

Rating: Good.

Had this one queued for a while, but seeing it referenced in BlacKkKlansman pushed it to the top. I had never seen an older Pam Grier movie – only seen her in Mars Attacks and Jackie Brown. Nor had I ever seen a blaxploitation film. I understand the controversy around the genre, though not deeply enough to articulate an informed opinion on it. In terms of lurid sex and violence, and black and feminist heroics, this movie delivered about as well as I could have imagined it would.

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