Microseason #44 of 72: 鶺鴒鳴 “Wagtails sing” [130/365]

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

白露
(はくろ)
“hakuro”
‘glistening dew’ // ‘white dew’ (solar term)

The second “kō” microseason within this division is:

鶺鴒鳴
(せきれい なく)
“sekirei naku”
Wagtails sing

That makes 鶺鴒鳴 the forty-fourth microseason of the year!

It typically lasts 13~17 September.


I thought it was really cool that all three kanji in this microseason use the following radical! 🙂 [“Which is also a kanji in itself! Wait, are all radicals kanji?!” – Priya]


チョウ
とり
bird, chicken, fowl; poultry || “bird” radical

Attentive readers may recognise 鳴 from Microseason #19 of 72: 蛙始鳴 “Frogs start singing” where we explained:

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

PRIYA BONUS:
“Hey put 白鳥 on there!”

白鳥
(はくちょう)
“hakuchou”
swan


Click here to learn more about this subseries


Priya helped me to write this entry!


Wagtails Sing

Image credit: RSPB.org.uk (it didn’t give the artist, so I wonder if it was my brother!)

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