Have you heard of Yamato Nadeshiko? If so, congratulations on your wisdom about Japanese culture, but I ask you to continue reading. If not, well, this text is for you. I believe that many men know what their perfect woman should be like. Of course, people who don’t care much about appearance also have their opinion.
What matters is that we have an image of the woman in question ... But of course, having that image and finding a person who matches that image are two very different things. We can say that the chance is as remote as lightning strikes someone’s head.
But the important thing is to dream… Anyway, what I mean is that human beings have always tended to develop an image of what a perfect person would be like. Since the Egyptians, human beings already worshiped their Pharaohs as some deity. After that, kings, emperors, leaders in general, had their great share of worship.
You may think this is bullshit, but finding it just indicates that you don’t pay attention to your surroundings. For example, what is your favorite idol? A Hollywood actor? A singer? An artist?
If you think that person is admirable, this is a form of worship. But calm down, I know you’re going to say that this is not the same as finding that perfect person. and if you are saying that it is because you are not alienated.
But you have to agree with me that a lot of people would literally kill, to defend your idol. and another giant number of people would do something crazy about it. and with that we dispel the myth that today worship is over to the point of worshiping other people.
PS: If you didn’t need this explanation, I’m sorry for wasting those minutes of your reading ... But it was necessary to make some things clear. Anyway, let’s go to the focus of the text.
Yamato Nadeshiko - The ideal Japanese woman
Yamato Nadeshiko [大和撫子] is a Japanese term that has a profound relationship with what we discussed earlier. But I have to warn you in advance that it is not used to describe people who worship others.
The term itself can mean "personification of an idealized Japanese woman" or "the epitome of pure and feminine beauty". With that we can understand that people’s imagination for a perfect person is not totally crazy.
But in this case, the country itself has a balanced image for all people. Which means that Yamato Nadeshiko tends to encompass the main characteristics that the Japanese admire in a woman. Which are among others: balanced, decorous, gentle, kind, graceful, humble, patient, virtuous, respectful, benevolent, honest, charitable, pious, faithful.
Anyway, there are others, but with these you can already pass the idea. and yes, a woman with these characteristics is the ideal type for the Japanese. In an honorable mention, we can talk about the term “guitar body”. Of course, it doesn’t compare in depth of feelings, but I don’t remember another one (leave an opinion below).
But anyway, Yamato Nadeshiko is what we call a floral metaphor. Which is nothing less when we have a flower name for something other than the flower. For example, we use "rose" to compliment a girl’s beauty ...
Anyway, the term itself comes when we add the words Yamato and nadeshiko. Yamato is an old name for Japan. Nadeshiko, on the other hand, is a delicate pink carnation called Dianthus superbus, whose kanji translates into English as "caring child".
Beware of term Yamato nadeshiko
Finally, it is good to explain a part that may have been confused. The term "Yamato nadeshiko" is often used to refer to a modest woman or young woman. In addition, it is used in a contemporary context, which is marked by the nostalgia of women with good features. After all, these are becoming increasingly rare.
Therefore, we can already say that there is no point in putting the term Yamato Nadeshiko in any woman. It must have in itself the characteristics already mentioned, or at least the majority. After all, not every beautiful woman has a good personality, or is a good person.