松竹梅

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Chinese[edit]

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loose; pine bamboo plum flower
simp. and trad.
(松竹梅)

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Noun[edit]

松竹梅

  1. pine, bamboo and plum, the plants which do not wither in winter; the Three Friends of Winter; symbols of resilience, perseverance

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しょう
Grade: 4
ちく
Grade: 1
ばい
Grade: 4
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (shō, pine) +‎ (chiku, bamboo) +‎ (bai, plum).

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Proper noun[edit]

松竹梅 (hiragana しょうちくばい, romaji shōchikubai)

  1. Also known as 'The Three Auspicious Friends', or 'The Three Friends of Winter', is a type of planting sold at New Year's time in Japan to bring good fortune for the coming year. Shōchikubai means pine (松, matsu), bamboo (竹, take), and plum (梅, ume): The pine represents strength, the bamboo represents longevity, and the plum represents beauty and optimism. Their arrangement together is accented by a dry riverbed of white pebbles. Around the New Year, you would see these symbols present at businesses, department stores and homes across Japan.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9

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