A popular decorative motif in traditional Japanese art, shō chiku bai (literally ‘pine, bamboo, plum’) is a symbol of luck and the bringing of good fortune. Initially Ki-Yan intentionally avoided using these three typical motifs in his
artwork, but he eventually decided to paint ‘Shō Chiku Bai’ for the udon and soba noodle restaurant Jūrokudai Gondayu. Thanks to homemade noodles and carefully selected ingredients for its original dashi broth, this restaurant has been flourishing since its opening in 2014. You can see the ‘Shō Chiku Bai’ mural on the first floor, while the second floor features ‘Un-Kin’ (sakura cherry blossoms and Japanese maple leaves)-motifs often used by Rimpa artists.