Twenty-four solar terms “Ritsuka” A refreshing season at the beginning of summer – Weather News

2023/05/06 05:00 Weather News

According to the calendar, summer begins with the 24th solar term, Ritsuka. This year’s summer starts from May 6th (Sat) to 20th (Sat).

The young leaves are lush, the sun is dazzling, and there are hot days.

According to the calendar, the period from the beginning of summer to the day before the beginning of autumn (August 7 this year) is summer.

Let’s see what kind of season it is in early summer.

*OFF for 2023* May 5th is “Children’s Day” in “Boy’s Festival”


May 5th is also the day of “Tango no Sekku”.

“Dango” is the first day of the month, which is the day of the horse, and since the sound of the letter “horse” is similar to “five”, May 5th (lunar calendar) eventually became established as Tango no Sekku. Did.

In May of the lunar calendar, many epidemics occurred due to the humidity of the rainy season. It is said that the custom of drinking sake began in ancient times. In this way, the evil spirit was exorcised.

Since the irises are associated with ‘warfare’ and ‘game’, the Boys’ Festival has come to be regarded as a boy’s festival since the Edo period.

Carp streamers began to be put up to pray for the success and well-being of men, and samurai dolls began to be displayed.

May 5th is also Children’s Day. It is one of the national holidays, established in 1948 with the purpose of “respecting children’s personalities, seeking their happiness, and giving thanks to their mothers.” So it seems that it is also a holiday for mothers.

Boys’ Day and Children’s Day were originally different things, but now both have been established as days to pray for the healthy and happy growth of children.

May 10th to 16th is “Bird Week”


Every year from May 10th to 16th is “Bird Week”.

It was established by the Japan Bird Conservation Federation, a public interest incorporated foundation, for the purpose of protecting wild birds.

This period coincides with the breeding season of wild birds. When you walk through the green fields and mountains, you will often be healed by the voices of wild birds.

The beautiful chirping is also a courtship song of birds, a declaration of territory, and a threat to rivals.

It sounds like they are singing peacefully, but the wild birds are desperately trying to survive in the harsh nature.

Flowers, birds, the wind, and the moon. The word “Kachofugetsu” was born as a representative of the beautiful scenery of nature.

From this, we can see that birds have colored the lives of Japanese people since ancient times and have greatly influenced the formation of emotions and sensibilities.

Like our predecessors who loved birds, we want to watch over them warmly.

Nutritious early summer taste “Broad beans”


Broad beans are one of the foods that are in season in early summer. Broad beans are written as “empty beans” or “silk beans” in kanji.

It is said that the word “sky bean” comes from the way the pods stretch toward the sky, and the word “silk bean” comes from the fact that the pods resemble the cocoons of silkworms.

Broad beans are an excellent food rich in zinc, iron, protein, and B vitamins.

You can eat it by boiling it in salt in the orthodox way, or you can use it in salads, soups, tempura, and pasta dishes. The flavors of early summer will fill your mouth.

Ayako Hosomi, a haiku poet born in the latter half of the Meiji period, has the following poem.

~Broad beans have a really blue taste~

The season when the fragrant wind blows and the fragrant wind blows


The refreshing early summer breeze is sometimes described as “Kaorufu” or “Kaze Kaoru”.

Early summer is the season when young leaves are reflected, and you may feel the scent of young leaves in the wind blowing from the forest.

〜Walking to the visible sea and smelling the breeze〜

This is a poem by Teiko Inabata, a haiku poet who passed away in February 2022.

Aiming for the early summer sea that spreads out in front of you, the figure of the author, who hastened his steps in the refreshing breeze, is vividly depicted in easy-to-understand and unobtrusive words.

Teiko Inabata is the daughter of Toshio Takahama, who was both a haiku poet, and the grandson of Kyoshi Takahama. She was also the honorary president of the haiku magazine Hototogisu.

The Hototogisu school upholds the basic philosophy of “kachofuei”, which objectively composes nature and human affairs as they are. This phrase also has an objective and sketchy flavor.

Although it depends on the region, there are many sunny, warm, and refreshing days in Ritsuka. The peak of hay fever has passed, and it’s a comfortable day.

It might be a good idea to go for a forest bath in the fresh scent of nature.
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Supervision / Keiko Yamashita: Writer. Themes such as “Twenty-Four Solar Terms and Seventy-two Seasonal Seasons” (Seibido Publishing) and “Japanese Beauty’s Seventy-two Seasons” (PHP Research Institute) are based on the theme of Japanese language and the beauty of words. There are many authors.

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