Today marks the beginning of “Shosetsu,” one of the 24 seasons(二十四節気 Nijyushisekki).
It’s the second winter on the calendar!
Ritto => Shosetsu => Taisetsu => Geshi => Shokan => Taikan
The next 24 seasons will be “Taisetsu” on December 7.
The time when snow begins to fall.
It means that the snow has not yet started to fall.
It’s time to start thinking about year-end gifts.
■ 72 micro-seasons (七十二候 Shichijuniko)
The calendar that divides the 24 seasons into three is called the 72 micro-seasons.
From today to the day before Taisetsu is the period of Shosetsu.
・初候(Shoko) Around 22~27 days
A time when rainbows are no longer seen.
A time when the sunshine weakens, the sky becomes cloudy, and rainbows are rarely seen.
・次候(Jiko) Around 28~2 days
When the north wind blows the leaves off the trees.
“朔風” means the north wind.
・末候(Makko) Around 3~6 days
When the leaves of the tachibana trees turn yellow.
Tachibana is a type of citrus that has been growing wild in Japan for a long time.
Before we know it, we are wearing winter clothes.
Before we know it, we are turning on the heat.
It’s winter 🧤🧣