Traditional patterns have been passed down for generations because many of them are thought to bring good fortune. Even now these are necessary in our daily lives. Also, there are a lot of patterns for table wares which is deep-rooted in Japanese living. We would like to introduce you popular fortune designs. You will be glued by charms of them.
It is the running pattern which consists of many intersecting circles. It spreads every direction. We say every direction “shiho” in Japanese. Shiho is similar to the Japanese “shippo” which means treasure all over the world. Also the name has good meaning. This design wishes for rich life and descendant in prosperity.
In Edo Era, this pattern is used for kabuki actors’ hakama (a long-pleated skirt worn over a kimono) and became popular. This pattern has been existed for long years. The bright contrast is gorgeous so it is used for auspicious events.
Kabura Kabu (Turnip)
This pattern is spread because the ancient pronunciation of head is kabu or kashira. Head stands top of the body and also it means leader. This is why among warriors love to eat it and use the motif of turnip to be a leader.Even now we say “his stock has risen”in Japanese Kabu ga agaru. It has the same pronunciation Kabu so it has meanings in many ways.
This design comes through the silk road. It is the combination of the plants from Egypt, Greek and Chinese curves. It was introduced in the Tumulus period from China. The ivy spreads endlessly. It shows prosperity and long life.
Pine(sho), Bamboo(chiku) and Plum(bai) are the most popular three patters used for good luck design. These are combined as one word, so called “sho-chiku-bai” in Japanese. These three plants are survived through bitter cold season. Because of this reason, they are called “three colleagues of winter”.
It is said that cranes live 1,000 years and turtles live 10,000 years. For this reason, both are used as a happy long life symbol figue. Male and female cranes are believed to spend their life together for their life time. Cranes are considered as a symbol of happy couple.
This plants grow straight up to the heaven. The stylish shape is loved as the design of table wares. It is said that the gold will be shinier when you polish it with horsetail. So it is believed to grow and flourish.
Seigaiha (a pattern of waves in blue ocean)
It is originated from Ancient Persian Empire through the Silk Road in Asuka Era. The restless waves shows our long lasting happiness and peace.
Mallet of luck
The legend tells that it is shaken, a miracle happens. Daikokuten (god of wealth) has one so it is the symbol of wealth.
It means weight in Japanese. Long time ago, the weight is made of gold and silver to save so the design means riches.
It is written sutras. This is why the pattern means wisdom.
It is for warehouse. The design means to own warehouse a lot.
It is introduced in Heian Era. It became very popular because it was rare and it had good fragrance. So right now, it has the meaning of worth.