Updated: December 25, 2016
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Kadomatsu: 3 Trees Call Good Luck In Your Home
During the New Years holidays in Japan, there are three trees that you will see everywhere in Japan: take (bamboo), matsu (pine) and ume (Japanese plum).
Kadomatsu calls good luck
To welcome the New Year in Japan, these three trees are specially arranged into a kadomatsu (“a gate made from pine”) then placed outside of the entrances of houses and businesses for good luck.
These three trees, whose names are often shortened in Japanese to “sho-chiku-bai”, are special because they each flourish in the wintertime.
Chinese and Japanese culture
They have therefore been treasured by Chinese people since ancient times, and similarly by Japanese as well.
Each trees has symbols
Due to the trees’ physical characteristics, pine represents strength,
bamboo represents longevity,
and the Japanese plum tree represents beauty.
In the kadomatsu, there are usually three bamboo of various heights to represent heaven, humanity and the earth.
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