Microseason #7 of 72: 蟄虫啓戸 “Hibernating insects surface” [66/365]

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

啓蟄
(けいちつ)
“keichitsu”
‘awakening of insects’ (solar term)

The first “kō” microseason within this division is:

蟄虫啓戸
“sugomori mushito o hiraku”
Hibernating insects surface

That makes 蟄虫啓戸 the seventh microseason of the year!

It typically lasts 6~10 March.

This is #7 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: D. Gordon E. Robinson, from the article here.

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