Sho (Matsuda): Pine

Evergreens live long, young, and healthy lives. The pine symbolizes faithful friendship which resists all trials.

Chiku (Take): Bamboo

Bamboo represents honesty. When you cut into Bamboo, you find emptiness inside nothing evil is hidden within. Also Kosho Ryu practitioners remain very empty, and open to additional knowledge, never becoming full of themselves and their accomplishments. The bamboo is the symbol of the application of discipline and the man who remains loyal in all events.

Bai (Baika): Plum Flower

The Japanese plum flower stands for beauty, nobility, and courage. This is because the plum flower puts forth blossoms while the snow is still on the ground. The plum tree flowers before all the others.