7/365 魚上氷 Fish Emerge from the Ice

魚上氷
“uo kōri o izuru”
Fish emerge from the ice

This microseason typically lasts 14~18 February and is part 3 of 3 in:

立春
(りっしゅん)
“risshun”
the beginning of spring

It is comprised from three quite common kanji:


[ギュ], (うお), (さかな)
“gyu”, “uo”, “sakana”
fish


[ジュウ], [シュウ], (うえ), (かみ), (あ・げる), (あ・がる), (のぼ・る), (うわ)
“jū”, “shū”, “ue”, “kami”, “a・geru”, “a・garu”, “nobo・ru”, “uwa”
top, up, upper part, rise, go up, climb up


(こおり), (ひ), (ひょう)
“kōri”, “hi”, “hyō”
ice

I wrote about it before, here, and gave some information about the characters at the time so was able to reuse them for today’s entry.

また明日!


Image credit: It is the same one I used last time, from The University of Oregon article ‘Antifreeze’ in Antarctic fishes keeps internal ice from melting. I like it!

2 Comments

  1. It’s great to have this photo and the fascinating article about the Oregon people’s research on the Notothenioid fish. Something intriguing about the photo, though, is the pink starfish on the rock at the left: either it is a tiny starfish and the Nototheniod is about six inches long, or it’s a normal-sized starfish and the fish is about three foot long! I wonder which?

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  2. I tried another browser and was able to login and comment.

    I think the most interesting about this micro-season is the word “izuru” which you mentioned in the explanation. I did some research and that seems to be written as 出, いず or いづ, and is apparently an old form that is not used much anymore.

    Also, while it may not be related, the word reminds me of “izuko”, which is an old expression for “where” that shows up in some stories I’ve read that are around a decade old.
    But what’s more curious is that “魚上氷” doesn’t actually contain any character that corresponds with this. I guess this interpretation was done a long time ago which is why there is such an old phrase used in the interpretation.

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