Microseason #13 of 72: 玄鳥至 “Swallows return” [87/365]

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

清明
(せいめい)
“seimei”
pure and clear, clear and bright (solar term)

The first “kō” microseason within this division is:

玄鳥至
(つばめ きたる)
“tsubame kitaru”
Swallows return

That makes 玄鳥至 the thirteenth microseason of the year.

It typically lasts 5~9 April, so it began yesterday!


Click here to learn about this subseries


Image credit: Will the Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano?

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