This pair of menuki tells the story of Jo and Uba. Jo, the tree spirit is almost always pictured with a rake. This represents the idea of always working, never retiring, always active, and thus always of value.
Uba, the devoted one has no fear of widowhood since her husband will never leave her. She often has a broom of reeds.
The pine tree is always present when Jo and Uba are depicted. An evergreen tree like a pine represents longevity. The crane and the tortoise are also representative in this theme as they represent good fortune and long life.