Yamato nadeshiko

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Yamato nadeshiko (やまとなでしこ or 大和撫子) is a Japanese term meaning the "personification of an idealized Japanese woman",[1] or "the epitome of pure, feminine beauty"[2]; poised, decorous, kind, gentle, graceful, humble, patient, virtuous, respectful, benevolent, honest, charitable, pious, faithful. It is a floral metaphor[3], combining the words Yamato, an ancient name for Japan, and nadeshiko, a delicate frilled pink carnation called Dianthus superbus, whose kanji translate into English as "caressable child".[4][5]

The term "Yamato nadeshiko" is often used referring to a girl or shy, demure young woman[6] and, in a contemporary context, nostalgically of women with good traits which are perceived as being increasingly rare.[7] However, Nadeshiko Japan is also widely used as the name for the Japanese national women's football team.[8]

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  1. ^ Kenkyūsha's New Japanese-English Dictionary (5th edition, 2003)
  2. ^ Yang Ch'ien-ho and the Work of Writing Modern Selfhood. Satoko Kakihara1 University of California, San Diego
  3. ^ "Contesting the Nation through a Genealogy of Girl Consciousness", Barbara Hartley, School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland
  4. ^ Koujien, Iwanamishoten, all editions—entry for なでしこ
  5. ^ Kanjigen, Gakken, all editions—entries for 撫, 子
  6. ^ Blackberries in the Dream House by Diane Frank. 1st World Publishing, 2003
  7. ^ Yomouri Web: [1] ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  8. ^ Japanese Women and Sport: Beyond Baseball and Sumo by Robin Kietlinski, A&C Black, 1 December 2011.

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