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Viola mandshurica (Fuji Dawn)
Pronunciation Su-mi-ré
Gender Female
Language(s) Japanese
Meaning It can have many different meanings depending on the kanji used.
Region of origin Japanese
Other names
Related names Akane

Sumire (菫, すみれ, スミレ?) is the Japanese word for the flower violet, or in a more limited sense, it refers to Viola mandshurica (aka Fuji Dawn) which is one of the species of violet. It is also a feminine Japanese given name.

Possible writings[edit]

Sumire can be written using different kanji characters and can mean:

  • 菫, "violet"
as a name
  • 紫花, "purple, flower"
  • 純麗, "purity, lovely"
  • 澄玲, "lucidity, sound of jewels"
  • 澄麗, "lucidity, lovely"

The name can also be written in hiragana or katakana.



  • Sumire, the main heroine of the 1999 novel Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  • Sumire Hoshino (スミレ), a character in the manga and anime series Pāman
  • Sumire Iwaya (澄麗), the main character of the manga and TV drama series Tramps Like Us
  • Sumire Kanou (すみれ), a character in the manga and anime series Toradora!
  • Sumire Kanzaki (すみれ), a character in the Japanese media franchise Sakura Wars
  • Sumire Kasugano (すみれ), a character in the anime series Sally the Witch
  • Sumire Ryuzaki (スミレ), a character in the manga and anime series The Prince of Tennis
  • Sumire Shōda (スミレ), a character in the manga and anime series Gakuen Alice
  • Sumire Takahana (スミレ), the main heroine of the manga series Venus Versus Virus
  • Sumire, the main character from Midnight Children by Shinjo Mayu
  • Sumire Uemoto, a character from The World God Only Knows
  • Sumire, the baby character of the manga Ore no Ko desu ka? by Kurita Riku
  • Hikami Sumire, the character from Aikatsu! (season 3)

Other uses[edit]

  • Sumire September love, a 1982 hit song by Japanese band Ippu-Do, covered by Shazna in 1997 and Megamasso in 2011
  • Sumire, a 2003 song on the Japanese band Yuzu
  • Sumire, a song on The Gazette's 2004 album Madara

See also[edit]