If shimekazari is hung above the door to keep away evil spirits. kadomatsu are placed on the sides of the entrance to provide accommodation for toshigami, the kami of the New Year who are bringing good luck and prosperity in the New Year.
The kadomatsu design varies, but there are always two common elements, the pine twigs and the three diagonally cut bamboo pieces. The pine symbolizes long life, while the bamboo is a symbol of strength and prosperity.
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