A traditional New Year decoration “kadomatsu” (literally, gate pine) are typically made of pine branches and bamboos and is placed on both sides of the entrance to the house (or a building). These pine branches serves as the welcome sign for this year’s God to come visit the house. To prepare for the coming year, these kodomatsu are decorated on the last week of December right after Christmas.
Designs and materials vary depending on the region and the preference of the household, but the underlying concept of these materials represent longevity, prosperity and steadfastness, whether they are simple, gorgeous, traditional, or modern.
It is said that God resides from January 1st to 7th and these kadomatsu are usually taken down on 7th. Then they are burned to appease the God and to release them after January 15th or 19th.