Hi, everyone!

It is September. These days, we, Japan Design Store got many orders for wedding favors or wedding gifts.

Fall is best season for wedding!


In our store, Palace plate of 1616/arita japan and Arita jewel of Floyd have been popular for the gifts.

Simple and cute plates seems to get popularity.

However, how about sending an item with Japanese traditional pattern?


Japanese traditional patterns have auspicious meanings.

Our store has some items with Japanese traditional patterns.

Japan Design Store aims to introduce Japanese masterpiece to the world.

For the sake of this aim, we do want to introduce the items with Japanese traditional meanings.



Today, let us introduce the meanings of 2 patterns.

In fact, 3 of our products use same patterns!

Auspicious items with Japanese traditional patterns!

Today, we would like to introduce you 3 products.

First, mamezara and torizara from KIHARA.

Japanese traditional auspicious patterns are printed on all plates.

For contemporary life, traditional patterns are modernized.


Next is mamezara of Azmaya.

The forms of tiny cute plates are auspicious motif.


Last one is cutlery rest of Nousaku.

When you use the cutlery rest, bend it first.

All designs are lucky motif of Japanese traditional patterns.

What are the auspicious meanings of Japanese traditional patterns?

Today, we would like to introduce the meaning of "Ume (plum) & Hyoutan (gourd)."

The 3 products have the motif of Ume and Hyoutan.

So, these patterns are all auspicious and familiar patterns for Japanese people.


The meaning of "Ume"

Ume or plum blooms earlier than any other flowers in early spring. It endures the harsh cold of winter, and blooms beautiful and aromatic flowers.

Ume tells us the coming of spring.

Ume is famous for one of the components of "Sho Chiku Bai."

Sho Chiku Bai means Matsu (pine tree) + Take (bamboo) + Ume (plum). Matsu and Take keep their green through the years. And, Ume blooms flowers earlier than other flowers. So, these three have the meaning of "withstand adversity and success at last."


Ume is a symbol of "patience", "faithfulness", or "noble."

Also, Ume has prayer for a safe birth.

So, Ume is a noble, vigorous, and beautiful pattern.


"I wish you two can overcome adversity and bloom flowers."

"I wish you a safe birth."

With those wishes, how about sending wedding gifts or early celebration of a birth?


The meaning of Hyoutan

Hyoutan, or gourd has been a familiar plants for human beings.

When a man bring water, or contain the seeds of plants, gourd have been very useful.

As a pattern, Hyoutan has many meanings.

First, gourd has the meaning of "prosperity of posterity".

A gourd produces a lot of seeds.

Also, the vines of the gourd entangle in branches of trees, and bear a lot of fruits. So, the strength of gourd becomes the symbol of good business.



In addition, the unique form of gourd is believed to absorb evils and not let them out. So, Hyoutan has the meaning of "talisman."

Especially, 6 gourds have the meaning of "a perfect state of health."

In Japanese, 6 gourds are called "Mubyou," and "Mubyou" means "no sickness."


Hyoutan is a rare pattern which has such a lot of auspicious meanings.

You can send Hyoutan motif items for wedding gifts, celebration of recovery, or celebration of an opening of new store.


These are a part of Japanese traditional auspicious patterns.

Japan has a lot of wonderful patterns.

Sending a gift with a wish upon a pattern... What a great custom!!


Detailed explanations of each pattern are introduced at each page.

Please refer to them, and find your favorite one!



Today's recommended items

Stylish Japanese small plates! Mamezara from KIHARA

Cute mamezara (tiny plates) collection of Hasami porcelain

It is new to shape by yourself! Congratulations Resting kissho pattern