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Shida

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Shida
English Fern
Kanji 羊歯
Kana しだ
Season Spring, Summer
Seasonal Exceptions New Year's
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Plant
Pronounciation
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Shida is the general term for ferns, of which there are more than a hundred species native to Japan. Shida are an ancient kind of plant that have survived with little alteration to the present day (most families developed in the early Cretaceous period).

The main characteristics of shida are their branching fronds and their lack of flowers. Shida reproduce by using spores.

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Auspicious Nature

Shida, specifically urajiro (Gleichenia japonica), is one of the protective items attached to shimenawa (標縄, ritual rice straw rope) used at New Years. Shida represents a flourishing family tree, as the fronds contain many branching points.[1]

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References

  1. Allen, Maude Rex. Japanese Art Motives. A. C. McClurg & Company, Great Britain. 1917. p.37.

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