Yamato nadeshiko

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Yamato Nadeshiko (大和撫子?) is a Japanese term meaning the "personification of an idealized Japanese woman",[1] or "the epitome of pure, feminine beauty". [2] It is a floral metaphor, [3] combining the words Yamato, an ancient name for Japan, and nadeshiko, a delicate frilled pink carnation called dianthus superbus, whose kanji translate into in English as "wild, pink".[4]

The term "Yamato nadeshiko" is often used referring to a girl or shy young woman [5] and, in a contemporary context, nostalgically of women with "good" traits which are perceived as being increasingly rare.[6] However, Nadeshiko Japan is also widely used as the name for the Japanese national women's football team.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Kenkyūsha's New Japanese-English Dictionary (5th edition, 2003
  2. ^ Yang Ch’ien-ho and the Work of Writing Modern Selfhood. Satoko Kakihara1 University of California, San Diego
  3. ^ Contesting the nation through a genealogy of girl consciousness, Barbara Hartley School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland
  4. ^ Symbolic Techniques in Japanese Koto-Kumiuta. by Gen'ichi Tsuge, Asian Music, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1981), pp. 109-132. University of Texas Press
  5. ^ Blackberries in the Dream House by Diane Frank. 1st World Publishing, 2003
  6. ^ Yomouri Web:[1] (Japanese)
  7. ^ 'Japanese Women and Sport: Beyond Baseball and Sumo' by Robin Kietlinski, A&C Black, 1 Dec 2011.

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