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Second wind / 不屈



【日本語版は英語版のあとです】


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.



鋭い葉の形が刀に似ていることと、「勝負」と武運を祈る「尚武」が同じ発音であることから、端午の節句に飾られるようになった花菖蒲。


花菖蒲は同じ茎から二番目の花が咲くことから、武士の不屈の精神に響くものがあったのではないかと思う。

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