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"Sakura" Cherry blossom

"Sakura" is so-called cherry blossom in English.
In olden times, in Japan, "flower" that people expressing was meaning the "plum" . However, sakura had been loved by noble in the "Heian period(from 9th century to 12th century)", ever since this time, speaking of "flower" have been meant the "Sakura". Even now, "Sakura" is liked by people as a representative of the flower of Japan.
There are many kinds of the pattern of the "Sakura".
"Kakitsume Sakura" is a pattern drawn in the image of a "Sakura" blossom in full glory in full bloom.
"Ko-Sakura" is a pattern drawn in the image of the petal fluttering elegantly by being shaken in a gentle breeze of spring.
"Sakura Komon" is a pattern that has pretty impression, in particular, it was often used as a pattern on the "Kimono".
In addition, there may also express four seasons of Japan by drawing in combination with other plants and cherry. "Haru-Hana" is a pattern that drawn the "Sakura" and the "Ume(plum which is ranging in Japan)", it represents the spring.
"Shun-Ju" is a pattern that represents seasonal changes by drawing the "Sakura" and the autumn leaves .
"Kiku-Sakura" is a pattern that drawn "Sakura" and "Kiku(chrysanthemum)", and its pattern is very gorgeous.
"Sakura-Sakura" is a pattern of Yamada Heiando original. It images the melody of song called "Sakura-Sakura(a children's song of Japan)", the flow of a river represent the staff notation, and the petals of cherry represent the notes.
Not limited above-mentioned patterns, there is a lot of patterns which image the "Sakura" blossoms.

"Kiku" Chrysanthemum

"Kiku" is a flower that represents the fall in Japan.
From a long time ago, in Japan, the September 9 of every year is called "Choyo-no-Sekku(Chrysanthemum Festival)" .
On this day, people has compose "Waka(a traditional Japanese poetry)", drink the "Kikka-Shu(alcoholic drink which flavored with Chrysanthemum)", and wish health and longevity. In the classical literature of Japan, for example, "Makura-no-Soshi(The Pillow Book)" and "Murasaki Shikibu Nikki(Diary of Murasaki Shikibu)", has been written about this festival day.

"Ume" Japanese Plum

"Ume" is a flower that represents the spring in Japan. In modern times of Japan, the flower of representing spring is "Sakura", but in the "Heian period(from 9th century to 12th century)" from the "Nara period(from 7th century to 8th century)", people preferred plum to cherry. At anthology of "Waka(a traditional Japanese poetry)" written in the "Nara period" called "Manyo-shu", the number of songs which is theme of plum has three times as large as one which is theme of cherry blossoms.
"Ume" is one of representative pattern which symbolize patience, vitality and auspicious sign, because its flowers bloom in cold winter before other flowers start to bloom.
The motif of which has drawn pine, bamboo and "Ume" on same canvas, in particular called "Sho-Chiku-Bai". Pine is recognized the symbol of longevity, because it has keeping the green needles throughout the year. Bamboo is recognized the symbol of success and rising to upper position, because it grow straight and vigorously.
In Japan, "Sho-Chiku-Bai" has been recognized as a pattern which especially auspicious. Further, it is so liked for gifts to celebrate people around.

"Ryu"

So called "Ryu" in Japanese, in many cases, it means a creature of delivering from Chinese mythology. In Western myth, there is a legendary creature that appeared in the nickname of "Dragon", too. However, "Ryu" which is derived from China is different from the Western "Dragon", by folklore, figure and form.
In Japan, it is handed down "Ryu" can call thundercloud to its around by a roar, and it turns into a tornado, fly freely in the sky. For this reason, "Ryu" has been recognized it has the power to manipulate the weather, and in particular, it is worshiped as the god of rain and water. In addition, it has also recognized as a God responsible for the direction, and it is in charge of the east direction.
In Japan, the "Ryu" has been portrayed in many works of art (e.g. ceilings paintings and sliding door paintings) as a motif for a long time.
Yamada Heiando produce "Ryu" series which is dragon motif and contemporary design.

"Fujin/Raijin"

The "Fujin" is the god of wind. The "Raijin" is the god of thunder. In olden times of Japan, people had thought natural phenomenon with a large force that humans not beat it, is the work of God. Thunder and strong winds are representative natural phenomena which is occur most familiar and have a mighty power. Since it is a natural phenomenon that often occurs at the same time, so there are many paintings and statues which has painted "Fujin" and "Raijin" as a pair. In painting of Japan, it has been painted by many artists. Especially "Byobu-ga(Picture which is paint on pair of two folded screens)" named "Fujin-Raijin-Zu-Byobu(Picture of Wind and Thunder Gods)" painted by "Sotatsu Tawaraya" is very famous. Furthermore, painters called "Rimpa"(include "Ogata Korin" and "Sakai Hoitsu") prefer painting pictures of these motif. "Fujin" has large bag that can generates wind, "Raijin" has several tabor over its head that can occur lightning. Yamada Heiando produce furniture that has replicated the "Byobu-ga", tray which designed "Fujin" and "Raijin" turn cute, and other things everyday use.

"Nichi-Getsu" Sun and Moon

What is called "Nichi-Getsu" mean traditional classic pattern which is motif of the sun and the moon. The sun is expressed in gold, the moon is expressed in silver.
This design symbolizes "stylish and classic beauty".
The color between "Nichi-Getsu" pattern and jet black of lacquer is well suited for using with glassware and tableware, and it is suitable to serving variety of dishes.

"Kin-Kumo" Gold clouds

In ancient Japan, it was thought that "God and the Spirit dwells in the clouds". Since the cloud blocks the light of the sun, make it rain, so it is believed it have a large impact in people's lives.
Japanese of ancient times, in particular, the upper class and aristocracy, are fond of having work of art and clothing that drawn clouds. It had been recognized that "cloud with a large force will protect himself".
In addition, by drawing a cloud in gold, it was also intended to design a gorgeous space.

"Ryu-Sui" Running water

Water continues to flow, ever-changing, persistent.
The "Ryu-sui" is a classic pattern which is capture and drew the shape of water for a moment.
From olden times, this pattern has been used in dyeing texture and craft in Japan, it has been evaluated as a beautiful design.