Thursday, 16 April 2009

Shochikubai (Pine, bamboo, plum) yukata

Today we have introduced a new range of yukata, Shochikubai yukata, available in black, red or ivory and our three women's sizes of small (53"), medium (55") and large (57").  In Japan sho (pine), chiku (bamboo), bai (plum) are regarded as symbols of resilience. During the Japanese winter the pine and bamboo stay green and beautiful despite harsh conditions. The plum trees begin to blossom while snow is still on the ground signaling that winter is almost over and spring is on its way. It is a sign to look forward to a brighter future.

During New Year it is customary to arrange pine, bamboo and plum blossom cuttings together in a display.

* Pine: flourishes in the most inhospitable conditions, bringing beauty where no other living thing can survive.

* Bamboo: a symbol of longevity.

* Plum: symbolizing beauty and optimism during times of adversity.