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Motif Information
Take 01.jpg
Rōmaji Take
English Bamboo
Kana たけ
Season All-Season
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious Sometimes
Motif Type Plant

Take means bamboo. It is also called chiku.

Take has been used since ancient times in Japan for a variety of applications. Take can be made into fences, writing brushes, tea whisks, boxes, and flutes, among others. The shoots, takenoko, are edible once boiled.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Take is evergreen and makes a beautiful contrast against snow. Its evergreen nature is used to represent undying devotion.[1] The idea of constancy is further found in the kanji for the node of take's stem, 節 (setsu), which also can mean integrity or fidelity.[2]

Auspicious Nature

Bamboo grows quickly, straight up and may bend without breaking, all desirable character attributes. The imagery of a tiger in a bamboo grove is a metaphor for the strong needing to take refuge among the weak.

Common Motif Pairings


  • Sasa (笹, ささ) are bamboo leaves. They can appear alone without the stalk.
  • Sasa-rindo (笹竜胆) is another name for gentian. It is not bamboo, although the leaves look the same. [4]
  • Takenoko (筍, 竹の子) is a bamboo shoot. It is a symbol of filial piety.[5]

Motif Examples

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Motif in Literature & Other Usage

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Article Notes

Relevant Threads / Discussions


  1. Atsuharu Sakai. Japan in a Nutshell, Vol. 1. Yamagata Printing Co. Yokohama. 1949. p. 242.
  2. Allen, Maude Rex. Japanese Art Motives. A. C. McClurg & Company, Great Britain. 1917. p.8.
  3. Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya's Newsletter No.382.
  4. Discussion on Sasa-rindo
  5. Takenoko

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  • Miu
  • Muhvi
  • Stepan-san

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