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ご挨拶 「 一陽来復 」大雪〜冬至 Greeting " Ichi Yo Rai Fuku " From Heavy Snow to Winter Solstice*








In Japan, from ancient times, there is a traditional custom to take a yuzu-bath on the winter solstice.  The winter solstice in 2023 is on December 22nd.  Near the end of the year, something or other will come up every day to make me busy, but I would like to relax by soaking in the bath on the winter solstice.  When I closed my eyes in the yuzu-bath, The smell of yuzu reminded me of my childhood.

Since it was new to me to see a yuzu in the bath in my childhood, I used to pick it up and sniff it.  When I released my hands from the yuzu at the bottom of  the bathtub, it was floating up from the bottom.  It was so interesting that I became absorbed in playing like that.

The winter solstice is also said that “Ichi Yo Rai Fuku(一陽来復).”  It means that fortune smiled at last after negative things continue to happen for a long time.

Regardless of region, the winter solstice was a special day in the world.  The day was also celebrated in Mesopotamia, ancient China, and Scandinavia.  It seemed that there were universal thoughts which were based on their lives and nature.

As the ancients purified themselves by taking a yuzu bath and entered the new season, I hope we have a hopeful and bright New Year after the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Heavy Snow / Winter Solstice: The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. “ Heavy Snow” is the 21th solar term and starts from 12/7. “Winter Solstice” is the 22th solar term and starts from 12/22.


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