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They are placed after Christmas until January 7 (or January 15 during the Edo period) and are considered temporary housing (shintai) for kami. Designs for kadomatsu vary depending on region but are typically made of pine, bamboo, and sometimes ume tree sprigs which represent longevity, prosperity and steadfastness, respectively. "The fundamental function of the New Year ceremonies is to honor and receive the toshigami (deity), who will then bring a bountiful harvest for farmers and bestow the ancestors' blessing on everyone." After January 15 (or in many instances the 19th) the kadomatsu is burned to appease the kami or toshigami and release them.
Construction and placement
The central portion of the kadomatsu is formed from three large bamboos, though plastic kadomatsu are available. After binding all the elements of the kadomatsu, it is bound with a straw mat and newly woven straw rope. Kadomatsu are placed in pairs on either side of the gate, representing male and female.
Kadomatsu of East Japan (Kantō region)
Kadomatsu of West Japan (Kansai region)
(video) A kadomatsu in Tokyo
Kadomatsu in the style of the Edo period
A flat topped kadomatsu in Shimane
Kadomatsu in Kamakura
- Christmas tree
- Christmas wreath
- Corn dolly
- New Year tree
- Three Friends of Winter
- Trees in mythology
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- "Lucky food, charming decorations, visiting deities: welcoming the new year with history, tradition | The Japan Times". The Japan Times. January 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
- "Pine Decoration Emoji". Emojipedia.
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