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Kadomatsu


Kadomatsu are a pair of pine decorations which are placed in front of the gates of a residence from January 1st to the 7th, the period known as matsunouchi. Kadomatsu consist of three bamboo poles of different lengths which are cut diagonally. Pine tree branches and sprays of plum trees are fastened to the bamboo poles with a new straw rope. These three plants are considered auspicious, particularly pine, which is a symbol of longevity and it's belived gods descend to it. They are all removed and burned on January 7th.


Various designs of Kadomatsu


The person who puts Kadomatsu at New Year's decreases every year, and there are a lot of apartments in an urban area, so the person who puts Kadomatsu is little. Kadomatsu will be seen in a traditional town such as Kyoto at the New Year.

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