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Shikunshi

Motif Information
Rōmaji Shikunshi
English Orchid, Pine, Bamboo, Plum
Kanji 四君子
Kana しくんし
Season All-season
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious
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Chinese scholars considered the four plants a symbol for the four seasons and Confucian ideals. The plum blossom for winter (also hope and courage), the orchid for spring (integrity, loyalty, patriotism and friendship), the bamboo for summer (strength and resilience), and the chrysanthemum represented autumn (honesty and simplicity).



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Author/s: C. Law (claw789 (IG Username))

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