Name: Ebi (海老) lobster/shrimp
Seasonal Association Winter
When To Wear It: all year
History: Ebi can play two different roles as a motif, that of a seasonal motif, and that of an auspicious motif.
Seasonal: Ebi is a staple ingredient in Osechi, the traditional New Year’s selection of food.
Auspicious: The hunched back and whiskers of the ebi are features that are also attributed to an old man and because of this, ebi is considered a symbol of long life. It is often nicknamed the old man of the sea.
Ebi can also be referred to as Ise Ebi (伊勢海老) which is a particular species of spiny lobster found in Mie prefecture.
Identification: Ebi will resemble a lobster or a shrimp with a curved back, long whiskers on its face, and six legs.