From today, according to the calendar of 24 solar terms
It is 穀雨 “kokuu” in 二十四節気 Nijushisekki : the 24 solar terms!
■ 二十四節気 24 solar terms
The calendar divides the year
The calendar further divides the year into 6 parts: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and winter.
二十四節気:Nijishisekki of Spring
立春 Risshun → 雨水 Usui → 啓蟄 Keichitsu → 春分 Shunbun : Vernal Equinox → 晴明 Seimei → 穀雨 Kokuu
■ 穀雨 Kokuu
It is said that spring rain moistens 100 grains, and it is around the time when the grains are moistly showered with blessings from the heavens.
The fields moistened by the rain are in good season for sowing seeds and are used as a guide for agricultural work.
The next 24th solar term is 立夏 “Rikka” on May 6, which marks the beginning of summer according to the calendar!
■ 七十二候 Shichijuniko : The 72 solar terms
A calendar that further divides the 24 solar terms into three parts.
The first season is from around 20th to 24th.
葭始生 Ashi hajimete shozu
Around the time when reeds begin to grow along the water’s edge
It begins to shine all over the green
The next weather around 25~29th
霜止出苗 Shimo yande nae izuru
Around the time when frost ceases to fall and seedlings begin to grow
The last season: around 30th~5th
牡丹華 Botan hana saku
Around the time when peony flowers bloom
Hanamizutsuki (Japanese honeysuckle) is in bloom and the beautiful new green trees give me energy 🌱.
We can hear the sound of tillers in the fields.
Let’s get started for the delicious harvest!
Thank you for your farm work!