You can find many traditional Japanese designs on board “samurai cruise”.
This time we will introduce one of them, “ichimatu pattern”(checkered pattern ).

What does this “ichimatu” mean?

Originally checkered pattern in japan had a long history, and its name was called “ishi-datami”(stone pavement). However, the name changed during the Edo period.

It is due to “Kabuki”.

The Kabuki actor of the Edo period, “Ichimatsu Sanogawa”, wore a hakama with alternating white and dark blue squares. The appearance became popular, and he continued to use this pattern on the stage, and the ukiyo-e artist painted his figure, which was widely spread and became popular as a kimono pattern. As a result, this pattern came to be called “ichimatu pattern”(checkered pattern ).

By the way, do you know that this is also the case?

The emblem for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics scheduled to be held in Tokyo is a  ichimatu pattern motif.

The Olympic Organizing Committee calls this emblem “Kumi-ichimatsu-mon” (combination-checkerboard-crest).

According to the quote from its official website、
“The combination of three types of rectangles with different shapes indicates differences in countries, cultures and ideas. Even though there are differences, they connect beyond them. This design expresses the message of “diversity” and “harmony”.”

By all means, please find “ichimatsu pattern” (checkerboard pattern) on board of “samurai cruise”.



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