Kadomatsu is a traditional Japanese decoration placed in front of homes, shrines and stores. In the picture below, it is made of pine, bamboo, and cauliflower. But there are various designs of kadomatsu in each region. It is said that a deity approaches kadomatsu in New Year. So people put kadomatsu to welcome deities. It is placed after Christmas until January 15. After January 15, the kadomatsu is burned to appease the deities and release them. In addition it is also said that a pine, bamboo, and plum are very happy items in Japan.