Nadeshiko flower (撫子 literally “an affectionate touch for a child,” or "cherished child") are commonly called pinks or wild carnations. In Japanese the name meaning indicates how endearing this flower is. Nadeshiko is a symbol of femininity in traditional Japanese culture along with the term Yamato Nadeshiko which stands for "the epitome of pure, feminine beauty" or "personification of an idealized Japanese woman". Nadeshiko can symbolize both summer and autumn, but more often it appears in mid to late summer context. It is also one of the seven grasses of autumn (aki no nanakusa)*.
Kitsune (キツネ) is the Japanese word for “fox", but in the Japanese folklore it designates a mythical creature, the messenger of Inari Ōkami, one of the most important kami in the Shinto religion. Since the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto is the head shrine of Inari, there are hundreds of statues representing kitsune.
Kitsune are believed to possess superior knowledge, long life, and magical powers. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. A kitsune is a shapeshifter, and usually when it reaches the age of 100 years, it learn the ability to take on a human form. Foxes are also regarded to be faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives. Kitsune keep their promises and strive to repay any favor. Their gifts are usually intangibles, such as protection, knowledge, or long life.
Zenko Kitsune (善狐, literally good foxes) are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with the god Inari; they are sometimes simply called Inari foxes.