Seigaiha  青海波  Waves 

This pattern represents ocean waves, with the name literally translating as "blue ocean waves."

White and gold seigaiha waves pattern with other styles of wave patterns spread around.

White and gold "seigaiha" waves pattern with other styles of wave patterns spread around.

The pattern comprises of repeating semicircles that resemble the uniform appearance of waves when gazing out into the vast ocean. As such, this pattern brings good fortune for the wearer, with the endless waves representing happiness and a peaceful life.

Traditionally, this pattern was used to represent water in maps. While this typically is used for ocean waves, some kimonos use this pattern inside of wafting rivers.

The name specifically points out “blue,” but this pattern is now made with every color of the rainbow. 

Seigaiha patterns made up of gold, white, yellow, orange, beige, and red, surrounded by chrysanthemums.

Seigaiha patterns made up of gold, white, yellow, orange, beige, and red, surrounded by chrysanthemums.

 

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