Microseason #5 of 72: 霞始靆 “Mist starts to linger” [63/365]

The second 節気 “sekki” division of the traditional Japanese calendar is:

雨水
(あまみず), (うすい)
“amamizu”, “usui”
rainwater

The second of the three “kō” microseasons within this division is:

霞始靆
“kasumi hajimete tanabiku”
Mist starts to linger

That makes 霞始靆 the fifth microseason of the year!

It typically lasts 24~28 February.

This is #5 in a regular subseries of 365 Days of Japanese, where every five or six days I post about a Japanese microseason that has begun around the same date as the entry. I am taking all information from the list of 72 in this article. There is also a 36 microseason list here, which may be more authentic (rather than being based primarily on Chinese sources).


Image credit: From my friend Philip Garrett. In the next entry I will talk about why this came about!

1 Comment

  1. Beautiful! It makes you wonder why we don’t have these microseasons ourselves…

    But how predictable is the Japanese climate/weather these days? Presumably these microseasons occur in the cultural mind whatever the actual weather?

    Yesterday in Cambridge it was 16.5 deg. C:

    February sun.
    Everyone’s talking of
    the Brimstone they’ve seen.

    Like

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