These Rectangular 6.5" x 4.25" Plates are for just about anything: snacks, candles, soaps, jewelry, etc. Great for food but makes a unique catchall plate or trinket tray. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Made in Japan.
Asanoha represents a hemp leaf with six diamonds radiating from a common center point. Hemp is fast-growing and durable; therefore, the pattern is commonly used in young children’s clothes with hopes that they grow strong and healthy. (Source: Duende by Madam Zozo.)
Shippo is a pattern of interlocking circles. This design is based on the seven Treasures of Buddhism: gold, silver, lapis lazuli, agate, seashell, amber and coral in which each material represents a quality Buddhists strive to uphold. The pattern is sometimes adorned with other motifs such as flowers. (Source: Duende by Madam Zozo.)
Usagi (rabbit) in Japanese traditional motif has been popular with many people and is seen on various items such as tableware, kimono, obi and general merchandise. Rabbits only drive on forward and don’t step back, so they have been considered lucky as a symbol of advancement. Legends say that usagi pound mochi on the moon. People in East Asia have long seen the Moon Rabbit or Jade Rabbit as a symbol for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a celebration of the full moon and the fall harvest. Also, usagi is a representation of cleverness, self-devotion, prosperity, abundance, fertility, and longevity because of its ability to reproduce and build ancestry. (Source: Project Japan - Usagi [Rabbit].)