Microseason #19 of 72: 蛙始鳴 “Frogs start singing” [103/365]

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

立夏
(りっか)
“rikka”
‘beginning of summer’ // ‘first day of summer’ (solar term)

The first “kō” microseason within this division is:

蛙始鳴
(かわず はじめて なく)
“kawazu hajimete naku”
Frogs start singing

That makes 蛙始鳴 the nineteenth microseason of the year!

It typically lasts 5~9 May.



(かわず), (かいる)
“kawazu”, “kairu”
frog

始め
(あじめ)
“hajime”
beginning, start, outset

鳴く
(なく)
“naku”
to sing (bird), to make sound (animal), to call, to cry, to chirp

蛙鳴
(あめい)
“amei”
frog calling


Click here to learn about this subseries


Image credit: New York I Love You Kermit Version which is used in one of my favourite mash ups ever.

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