Monday, March 21, 2016


It was cloudy in the morning, but became fine in the afternoon.

Today was a transferred holiday of Vernal Equinox Day yesterday.  It is shunbun no hi (春分の日) in Japanese.  It is one of nijyushisekki (二十四節気), the 24 solar terms.  The last one was keichitsu (啓蟄) on March 5, and the next one is seimei (清明) on April 4. Equinoctial week is called  o higan (お彼岸).  We usually visit our family graveyard.  So I visited my parents' graveyard.

There is a saying "Atsusa samusa mo higan made (暑さ寒さも彼岸まで)" which means heat and cold lasts until equinoctial week. 
Today there was an announcement of blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo.  This was two days earlier than last year, and 5 days earlier than usual. We feel spring has come.  We will be able to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms for a week to 10 days.

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