Sylvia (rheasilvia) wrote in 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

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