Sylvia (rheasilvia) wrote in little_details,
Sylvia
rheasilvia
little_details

tree symbolism in Japan

What kinds of meanings or qualities are associated with various kinds of trees in Japan? Apart from the well-known symbolism of sakura (and - I think - plum and maple in a similar meaning of transience, transient beauty, mortality, and the like?), I've been unable to find any information on this...

The only information I've been able to find on the meanings of various kinds of trees is from Western traditions, where oak = strength and courage, and so on. But what about Japan?

I've googled various combinations of "trees", "Japan", "symbolism", "meaning of" and "language of" - I've come across some very nice old illustrations, explanations on how to write various kanji, and bonsai lore, but nothing actually relevant for me. :-)

Thank you very much for your help!
Tags: japan: folklore, ~plants
Subscribe

  • Wheelchairs in antiquity

    What mobility aids would be available to a person with little or no use of their legs, middle-east region, circa 500 CE? My setting is based on…

  • Medieval (12th century) outbreak of mystery disease (malaria ?)

    Already searched : “medieval illness/disease”, “medieval epidemics”, “epidemics”, etc + the various diseases that presented themselves during those…

  • Old West sunstroke

    I am writing a fanfic for a Western fandom. My character is a 30ish male, very strong and in good physical condition (to begin with). He is lost in…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 31 comments

  • Wheelchairs in antiquity

    What mobility aids would be available to a person with little or no use of their legs, middle-east region, circa 500 CE? My setting is based on…

  • Medieval (12th century) outbreak of mystery disease (malaria ?)

    Already searched : “medieval illness/disease”, “medieval epidemics”, “epidemics”, etc + the various diseases that presented themselves during those…

  • Old West sunstroke

    I am writing a fanfic for a Western fandom. My character is a 30ish male, very strong and in good physical condition (to begin with). He is lost in…