- 「歳寒三友」, ウィキペディア：フリー百科事典 [2012年8月30日 (木) 13:24].
The first photo shows a pine tree in Suzunomiya Park. The second piece shows a bamboo forest on my way to that park. As the third, it would be a good choice to use a photo of plum blossoms to realize the set of three plants known as Sho Chiku Bai ('the three auspicious friends'; literally 'pine, bamboo, plum') in Japan. However, plum blossoms are not blooming yet. Thus, I have used a tree of satsuma with its fruits as a substitute.
By the way, the origins of the three auspicious friends is the 'Three Friends of Winter,' also known as Suihan Sanyou, which were common in works of Chinese art. Together they symbolized perseverance, integrity and modesty. The symbolism of the three plants was introduced to Japan with the different meaning of celebration, and they are particularly associated with the start of the New Year (Ref. 1).
- "Three Friends of Winter," Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (December 3, 2012 at 15:02).