I overhead a conversation about ‘Nadeshiko’. Have you ever heard of this word? Actually, it rang a bell… I realised I’d seen an anime called Nadeshiko a long time ago!
After asking someone to explain it to me they told me that the complete phrase was ‘やまとなでしこ’. やまと is actually what Japan used to be called! なでしこ refers to a flower – ‘pink’ flower it would seem, in English.
So, なでしこ seems to be a name to describe a woman. This woman is kind and gentle, beautiful but not loud or showy. Perhaps it is a phrase used to describe the ‘ideal’ woman from a Japanese man’s point of view? The translation I got wasn’t too clear, but these are the impressions I got.
Can anyone offer an extra information?