Nadeshiko [撫子] – Symbol of Traditional Female Beauty
Nadeshiko – Wild Carnation
Nadeshiko [撫子] is the fringed pink, in latin called Dianthus superbus.
The Japanese name, Nadeshiko literally means “affectionate child”. It blooms from late summer to mid autumn and is one of the Seven Autumn Flowers [秋の七草 / Aki no nanakusa] from Japanese poetry.
The Japan women’s national football team and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions became known as Nadeshiko Japan [なでしこジャパン]. The name, Nadeshiko Japan was selected from public suggestions in 2004 by the Japan Football Association.
Yamato Nadeshiko [大和撫子] is a Japanese term for the ideal woman.
Yamato Nadeshiko is beautiful, elegant, kind, enduring, dignified, obedient to husband, humble and skillful of household chores.
Nadeshiko flowers, originally from China, were introduced in Japan during the Heian period [平安時代 / Heian Jidai] (784-1185) and the Japanese variety became to be known as Yamato Nadeshiko.
Yamato Nadeshiko has been used as a figure of speech for female beauty since the Edo era [江戸時代 / Edo Jidai] (1603-1867).
However, nowadays people who can be described as “Yamato Nadeshiko” are hard to find.