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Sho-chiku-bai

Motif Information
Rōmaji Sho-chiku-bai
English Pine, Bamboo, Plum
Kanji 松竹梅
Kana しょうちくばい
Season Winter
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious
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The Chinese reading of the Kanji characters 松竹梅. In Japanese, they are read matsu (pine), take (bamboo) and ume (plum). The trio is one of the most popular decorative motifs known as the “Three Friends of Winter,” representing promise and good fortune. Together, they stand for the scholarly ideals of pure spirit (plum), longevity (pine) and flexibility (bamboo).



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  • Stepan-san

Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Kornelia Jer (Nela (IG Username))

Contributors: C. Law (claw789 (IG Username))