• Masashi

Second wind / 不屈


Especially, samurai families used “Hana Shobu“ to celebrate “Boy’s Day*” because shape of leaf looks like samurai sword. “Shobu” means “fight(勝負)” and “luck for winning(尚武)” : same pronunciation but different characters.

The second iris blooms from the same stem after the first one. I think it represents fortitude of samurais.

*May 5th. Families celebrate their boy’s good health and future by displaying traditional samurai doll with arms in their house and carp streamers outside their houses. Carps are believed as strong fish. According to Chinese proverb, it becomes dragon after running up water fall to the top.



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