Today is the 24th day of the 24 solar terms, 立秋 “Risshu”.
According to the calendar, we have entered the autumn season!
The calendar divides the year into six parts: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and winter.
■ Autumn’s 24 solar terms 二十四節気(Nizhusisekki)
立秋 Risshyu → 処暑 Syosyo→ 白露 Hakuro → 秋分 Syubun (Autumnal equinox) → 寒露 Kanro → 霜降 Soko
The next 24 solar terms are
The next 24th day of the year is August 23rd, “処暑 Syosyo !
■ 立秋 Risshu
The hot days have been continuing every day, but around the end of the Bon festival, we can feel signs of autumn.
■ 七十二候 sitizyuniko (The 72 solar terms)
A calendar that further divides the 24 solar terms into three parts.
・The first season (around 7th~12th)
涼風至 Suzukaze itaru
The time when the hot winds of summer begin to give way to the cool winds of autumn.
・The next symptom is around 13~17 days.
寒蝉鳴 Higurashi naku
Around the time when cicadas begin to chirp before sunrise or after sunset, as if to lament the end of summer
・The last season, from 18 to 22 days
蒙霧升降 fukaki kiri matou
Around the time when deep white fog rolls in over the forests and waterside in the cool morning and evening air.
The calendar says “autumn”, and seasonal greetings change from 暑中見舞い “hottest season” to 残暑見舞い “lingering summer heat”.
This year, the end of the rainy season came unusually early, followed by a series of extremely hot days, and in addition, there have been heavy rain disasters across Japan.
I feel that we are getting out of sync with the seasonal sense of the 72 seasons.
I hope for the earliest possible restoration of the disaster-stricken areas.