What is yamato nadeshiko?
|The flower "nadeshiko"|
Yamato nadeshiko is the name of a flower known as a `fringed
pink' in English, scientific name dianthus superbus. Also
known as a nadeshiko, it is a small, common, but easily
distinguishable flower which grows wild. Yamato is one of the
many names of Japan. (See also What are the names of Japan?.)
Yamatonadeshiko can also signify a kind of ideal woman. Some
features of that kind of woman are:
During the second world war, the Japanese government promoted the idea
of yamatonadeshiko as a kind of national propaganda. A
yamatonadeshiko should be gentle and delicate but also be
able to endure all the pain and poverty of life for her husband (a
soldier) and the country, to win the war, and should always be ready
to fight with halberds (or takeyari, a spear made of bamboo
used when you don't have a halberd) and to die any time for her
country, or to keep her chastity.
- she is feminine;
- she is chaste and devoted to her husband;
- she always respects and obeys her husband and never opposes him,
even when she thinks he's wrong (she should wisely find an indirect
way to prevent her husband from doing something wrong without letting
him know, that is to say without humiliating him).
- she looks weak, delicate and gentle (like a flower) outside her
family, but is able to cope with householding, raising kids etc.
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