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KYWS-75B／"Ayame" (Siberian irises) bloom in grassland fields they resemble (sweet flags) and (rabbitear irises) that bloom in marshes. Irises used for bonsai are the "Ayame" kind.
KYWS-74B／Wisteria floribunda, known as "Fuji" originated from Japan. The vine wraps around trees and grows upwards in search of sunlight. The colour of the flowers is called "Fuji iro" (Fuji color). Fuji is suitable for beginners bonsai growers, often sold as nursery trees which will fully grow within a year.
KYWS-73B／"Sakura" (Cherry) represents the peak of spring. Evanescence beauty of the falling petals during the blossoms season has grasped the hearts of people all over the world. Along with "Ume" (Plum), Sakura is the most popular flowering bonsai.
KYWS-72B／Patch／Red Plum Blossom
KYWS-72B／"Ume"(plum) was introduced to Japan in the Nara period. The flowers blossom as the spring draws near. Unlike today "Hanami" in the Nara period was to cherish the plum flowers. In the older days, many poems were written after the plant. The more complexed shape, the more high rating for the tree. Creases and cracks on the bark, tells of old age. By the Edo period, around 250 different species have been established in Japan.
KYWS-71B／Patch／Japanese White Pine
KYWS-71B／Pinus parviflora known as "Himekomatsu" (small princess pine) is a long lasting white pine and the most popular amongst bonsai lovers. Many old pines still exists to this day. Each leave has 5 needles therefore this tree is also known as 5 needles pine. The more cracks on the bark, the older the tree.
KYWS-821／Patch／Gion Festival Koiyama Float
KYWS-821／Decorated floats are one of the many features of gion festival. "Koiyama" float has existed since the Muromach period (1336-1573). The idol of worship on the float is a 1.5m long wooden carved carp swimming up a waterfall. Inspired by Chinese folklore, when a carp swims up the waterfall he will become a dragon. Symbolizing, breaking through hardships and being successful in life.
KYWS-820／Patch／Gion Festival Shaguma Child in Red Wig
KYWS-820／"Mikoshi" are portable shinto shrines carried by dozens of people during Gion festival. Groups of adults and children's are dressed up as warriors, egrets and more. They makes way for the main mikoshi on its way to Yasaka shrine. A group of 3 to 4 years old children are dressed up in matching yukata and red shaggy wigs. This outfit is called "Shaguma" (Red Bear) such wigs where worn by officers during the "Sengoku" war era, where different colors of wigs differentiated the armies and regions.
KYWS-819／Patch／Gion Festival Sagimai (Egrets Dance)
KYWS-819／"Sagimai" dance is held at Yasaka Shrine during Gion festival. This mesmerizing dance descended from Chinese tanabata folklore about magpies helping a couple in love. However magpies where not common in Kyoto, therefore egrets wearing umbrellas became the motif in Japan. "Sagimai" spread from Kyoto to Yamaguchi prefecture and further to Tsuwano-cho in Shimane. It died out in the late Edo period, but revived again around 1950.
KYWS-799／Patch／Fujin and Raijin
KYWS-799／Green Fujin (Wind God) lets out wind and rain from the sack he carries. White Raijin (Thunder God) drums thunders and produces lightnings. The model statues of this painting lie in Sanjusangendo temple in Kyoto. Fujin and Raijin has been painted by several artists but the most well-known and the piece chosen for our bag is by Tawaraya Sotatsu.
KYWS-814／Patch／Clay Figures Set #6
KYWS-814／[Conoid Dogu] has a clear defined feature of people from Jomon period (14000Clay pottery figures "Dogu" usually have exaggerated forms of a female body. There are many rumors on its usage, varying from children's toy to an idol worshiped in rituals.
KYWS-813／A set of 2 cards Kyoto & Tokyo. Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. Tokyo is the current capital. Place cards represent the grand sumo's location for each season of the year. January "Hatsu-basho" first place held in Tokyo. March "Haru-basho" spring place in Osaka. May "natsu-basho" summer place in Tokyo. July "Nagoya-basho" in Nagoya. September "aki-basho" autumn place in Tokyo. November "Kyushu-basho" held in Fukuoka. In the past, "Hon-basho" main place was held in Kyoto.
KYWS-812／A set of 3 "banzuke" ranking cards. listing the best 2 ranks of professional sumo. Yokozuna and Ozeki. The 3rd card is embroidered with the letters sumo. In the Edo period, banzuke list ranking wasn't used only for sumo. Various things and places such as gardening plants, hot springs, kabuki actors and the like where ranked using banzuke charts.
KYWS-811／Patch／Kazari-uma (horse ornament)
KYWS-811／A white horse doll with a beautiful ornamented saddle and harness is put on the lower line of May dolls decoration. Horse is a symbol of growth and success.
KYWS-810／May doll of Yoroi-Kabuto (armor) is an ornament used to celebrate boys' healthy growth and protection for children on May 5th Boys' Festival.
This customs was born from the samurai society. Body armor & helmet made in the late Heian period - Muromachi period are known to have the formal and best style of heavy armor. It was mainly used for the cavalry. The large armor is crammed with craft and techniques such as lacquerware, metalwork, tie-dye and weaving. Each one is a unique and beautiful art piece.
KHWS-510／Patch／Fushimi Clay Doll
KHWS-510／Hotei is one of Seven Gods of Good Luck. Heartwarming looks with a potbelly.
KHWS-503／Patch／Rooster in the Snow
KHWS-503／Painted by Jyakuchu Ito who is said to have roosters in the garden for his paintings.
KHWS-501／Painted by Sekka Kamisaka. What a funny but cute face through a fishbowl!
KYWS-629／Patch／Hamanishiki the Crown Pearlscale
KYWS-629／With bubble-like bumps on the head. Featured with its domed pearlscales. It was mutated from High-head Pealscale imported from Hong Kong. This was announced as a new breed in Japan in 1978. "Hamanishiki" was named after the goldfish retailer in Hamamatsu. Difficult to acquire because of a small amount of distribution.
KYWS-627／Patch／Horyu the Telepearl
KYWS-627／A mix of Crown Telescope and Pearlscale with a silver body and golden patterns. It is a very rare case that this goldfish was produced by a goldfish lover in Akaho city, Hyogo prefecture in 1973. "Horyu" in Japanese was named after "Ho" in Akaho and "Ryu" in Japanese for Dragon Eye.
KYWS-626／Only a top of the head is red. A slender body with no dorsal fin. Bred in Aichi. Gatoukou native to China is different from Goose Head Goldfish in the a variety of goldfish with enlarged head growth.
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