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Combination of pine, bamboo and plum trees
The pine tree is considered a symbol of longevity in Japan because its needles are always green.
The Japanese people admire bamboo tree characteristics: they grow straight and are flexible, yet hard to break. They liken bamboo to the fortunes of a family and hope that their family fortunes will not decline.
The plum tree is the first tree to blossom, which indicates that spring has arrived. This is why the plum tree is considered a symbol of vitality in Japan.
For the reasons described above, Japanese believe that “shou-chiku-bai” (the combination of pine, bamboo and plum trees) is a lucky symbol.