During winter months, many trees in Japanese gardens sprout conical structures called Yukitsuri or “snow suspenders”. The practice of Yukitsuri or Yuki-tsuri is to protect trees from snow damage in areas of Japan that get lots of snow. The most common technique of preparing yuki-tsuri is by putting up bamboo poles near the trunk of the tree, then extending ropes from the top of the pole to be attached to the branches. The ropes prevent the branches from sagging under the weight of the snow. The construction of yuki-tsuri is usually done in December, and though it may look somewhat like a “Christmas decoration” it has nothing to do with Christmas though the practice occurs in December.