ご挨拶 Greetings

ご挨拶 「 秋の宵 」処暑〜白露 Greeting ” Evening in the Autumn " From The end of heat to White Dew*





It is still hot in the daytime; however, after “the end of heat”, you can feel the scent of autumn in the morning.  Around “White Dew”, the autumn is just around the corner.  In the midsummer, it is hard to look up the bright sky, but around “White Dew”, the evening sky makes me feel relaxed.

By the way, the moon viewing makes me feel the most peace and calm in the all annual events in Japan.  After the strict summer has passed, the people in the old times must be relieved by viewing beautiful moon.

The first crescent moon after Chu-shu (仲秋) is called “sho-getsu (初月);” literally, it means the first moon.  Given the fact that the ancient people named it “sho (=first),” they might think the first crescent moon as the mark of the beginning of the year.  They also gave names to the every moon until the next new moon: Futsuka-zuki, Mika-zuki, Yūzuki-yo, Matsu-yoi, Mei-getsu (Jugo-ya), Iza-yoi, Tachimachi-zuki, Imachi-zuki, Fushi-machi-zuki, Fuke-machi-zuki, Ariake-zuki.  The day of Mei-getsu is the best time for the moon viewing.  From the names, I feel ancient people’s strong feelings toward the autumn moon.  They offered autumn harvest to the moon to show their gratitude for surviving the harsh summer safely.

*The end of heat/ white dew: The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. “The End of Heat” is the 14th solar term and starts on August 23rd.  “White dew” is the 15th solar term and starts on September 8th.



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