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Keichitsu / 啓蟄

Updated: Apr 15



【日本語版は英語版のあとです】


“Keichitsu”

It’s the term when insects and other creatures hibernated during winter time start  hatching out of soil, and flowers start blooming. (Normally, it is early to mid March)

Especially, mid March is described as “Days when peach flowers are SMILING”.

As you’ve already noticed, Japanese in ancient time used the ward “笑う: SMILE (literally means smile as of today)” as meaning of flowers are “咲く: BLOOMING”.

I sometimes think we should appreciate and cherish beautiful old ways of saying.



啓蟄。

地中にいた虫や様々な生き物が動き出し、花が咲き始める。

三月の中旬は「桃始笑(ももはじめてさく)」頃と言われるように、昔は花が咲くことを「花が笑う」「花が笑む」と表現されていたそうです。

昔の素敵な言葉を大切にしたい。

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