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Small Seasons
A reminder about the changing of the sekki, 24 small seasons that break up the year.
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Small Seasons Oct 23
Frosting. The first frosts. Rains disappear as the maple leaves and ivy turn yellow. 🍂
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Small Seasons Oct 8
Cold dew. Temperatures begin dropping. The geese return for the winter. Crickets chirp for the last time in the year. 🏏
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Small Seasons Sep 23
Autumnal equinox. Day and night are of equal length. Farmers drain their fields and insects hide underground. 🐛
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Small Seasons Sep 7
White dew. When drops of dew can be seen on the grass. Swallows leave for the year, and the wagtails sing. 💦
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Small Seasons Aug 23
Lessening heat. The heat of summer has been forgotten. The rice has ripened and cotton flowers are in bloom. 🌾
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Small Seasons Aug 8
Start of autumn. The first signs of autumn can be seen. Cooler winds blow, and thick fogs roll through the hills in the morning. 💨
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Small Seasons Jul 23
Big heat. Summer heat is at its strongest. The air is thick and humid and the trees are busy making seeds. 🔥
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Small Seasons Jul 7
Little heat. The summer heat begins. Warm winds blow, lotus' blossom, and young hawks are learning to fly. 🏖
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Small Seasons Jun 21
Reaching summer. The longest days of the year. The sun reaches its highest point, accompanied by mist and rains. A sweet woodsy dryness hangs in the air. Irises bloom and crow-dippers start to sprout. ☀️
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Small Seasons Jun 5
Seeds and cereals. The time of year when people start to seed the soil. Praying mantises hatch. Rotten grass become home to fireflies. The plums become more yellow. 🌱
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Small Seasons May 21
Little blossoming. When flowers and plants start to come out. Silkworms start feasting on mulberry leaves, and the safflower workers start their picking. Wheat begins to ripen. 🌺
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Small Seasons May 6
Start of summer. The songs of summer begin. Frogs start their singing, and birds chirp in the forests. Worms surface from underground, bamboo shoots begin to sprout. 🐸
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Small Seasons Apr 21
Rain for harvests. Reeds sprout by the rivers and rice seedlings grow in the fields after the last frost has passed. Peonies bloom in the wilderness. 🐦
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Small Seasons Apr 4
Clear and bright. Shortly after the equinox, when the swallows return home and the geese fly north. The first rainbows of the season appear. 🌈
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Small Seasons Mar 21
Vernal equinox. When winter is gone and spring starts. Sparrows begin to nest in the trees. Cherry blossoms start to bloom. Heavy rains bring distant thunder. 🌸
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Small Seasons Mar 6
Going-out of the insects. That time of year when the first bugs surface from their hibernation. Caterpillars start their transformation to butterflies. 🦋
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Small Seasons Feb 18
Rain waters. Snow melts away, mist lingers in the air, and grasses begin to sprout. Trees release their first buds as the ground fills with water. 🌧
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Small Seasons Feb 4
Start of spring. Fish appear in icy ponds and the bush warblers start singing in the mountains. 🐟
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Small Seasons Jan 20
Big cold. Temperatures drop low and the chill deepens. Ice thickens on the streams. Hens huddle together and begin laying eggs. 🐔
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Small Seasons Jan 6
Little cold. Winter chills start as the temperature quickly drops. Pheasant calls can be heard in the forest 🌡
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