“kōō kenkan su”
Bush warblers start singing in the mountains
This microseason typically lasts 9~13 February and is part 2 of 3 in:
the beginning of spring
I think 黄鶯睍睆 is one of the more difficult kanji combinations to break down in these microseasons. As I mentioned in the previous microseason entry, I’m drawing the information from the list here and they seem to have often been interpreted from older Japanese/Chinese, so it’s sometimes not a great idea to try to take it as a Japanese “sentence”. In fact, the latter two characters 睍 and 睆 didn’t turn up anything on the WWWJDIC! However, we can at least do something with the first two:
Japanese bush warbler (Horornis diphone), Japanese nightingale
Interestingly, when you put them together some sources give this:
Here is a black-naped oriole:
Whoa, it’s very yellow.
Alright then, let’s do some more words with 黄:
a yellow flower
the yolk / the yellow of an egg
Image credit: I made these bird pictures in GNU Image Manipulation Program (with a lot of help from reference photos and a graphics tablet that my parents gave me last year ❤️).