#098: Three Friends of Winter (Semiweekly-pedia of Japan)

  

#098: Three Friends of Winter (category: plants)

Three Friends of Winter Japan

Ancient Chinese people regarded the pine, bamboo, and plum as "Three Friends of Winter" because each of them can stand the cold in winter season. Originally, that was used as a metaphor for a modest, but respectable way of life.

This concept came to several countries in East Asia and these three plants are called "Sho-Chiku-Bai" in Japanese. "Sho" is "pine" in English, "chiku" is "bamboo", and "bai" is "plum", respectively. They are regarded as symbols of good luck in this country.

Three Friends of Winter

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