Today is “夏至 Geshi” the summer solstice!
■ 二十四節気 Nijushisekki :24 solar terms
The calendar divides the year into 6 parts: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and winter.
•Twenty-four solar terms in summer
立夏 Rikka → 小満 Shoman → 芒種 Boshu → 夏至 Geshi:Summer solstice→ 小暑 Shosho → 大暑 Taisho
■ 夏至 Geshi:Summer Solstice
The time of the year when the days are longest and the nights are shortest
The next 24th day of the month is July 7, “小暑 Shosho”.
■ 七十二候 Shitijunuko:The 72 solar terms
A calendar that further divides the 24 solar terms into three parts.
•The first season (around 21st~26th)
乃東枯 Natsukarekusa karuru
The time when “pitcher plants” that sprouted around the winter solstice wither.
The shape of the ear of the flower is made to resemble an urn in which an arrow is inserted.
Also called “kakouzou” (withering in summer) because the flower withers during the flowering season in summer and the ears of flowers remain.
•The next weather season (around 27th~1st)
菖蒲華 Ayame hana saku
Around the time when iris flowers bloom
When irises bloom, it is said that the rainy season has arrived.
•The last season, around 2~6 days
半夏生 Hange shozu
Around the time when “Karasubisyaku” grows
The rainy season-like skies are increasing.
Rice paddies are being watered everywhere. In some places, rice is being planted at an early stage.
May the rice be delicious!
Pray for a good harvest 🙏.