Symbolism

      • Butterfly joy, longevity, change, hope
      • Cherry Blossoms (or "sakura") the fragility and beauty of life, the love of parents, richness, good luck
      • Chrysanthemum (or “kiku”)rejuvenation, longevity  (The Imperial Seal of Japan features a chrysanthemum.)
      • Crane  longevity, good fortune   (“bird of happiness”)
      • Drum (Taiko) Joy, or with ivy Peace
      • Fan good fortune, happiness
      • Mountains (Yama) sacred places between heaven and earth
      • Peony  good fortune, bravery, honor
      • Pine Tree  long life, good luck, virtue
      • Plum Blossom (Ume)  longevity, renewal and perseverance
      • River or winding stream (Kawa)  continuity of life, the future
      • Swallows  loyalty, fertility, good luck
      • Water  purity, simplicity of life