Kadomatsu usually consists of 3 bamboo stems which represent heaven, earth, and man; pine branches, and a plum. They are all bound together and placed at each side of the main gate to a house, shop, or building and are believed to act as yorishoro, poles or antennae on which the gods can descend. Pines, which are evergreen, represent long life, and plum is the earliest blooming flowering tree of the year, resistant to cold. Bamboo grows strong, straight and tall making them auspicious. Placing Kado Matsu at the doorway ensures that the Toshigami can find your house without confusion.