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ご挨拶 「薬狩り」穀雨〜立夏 Greeting " MEDICINE HUNTING " From Grain Rain to Start of Summer*




Grain rain” is the rain at the end of spring giving us the fruitful season.  It is not rainy season but the rain before “the start of summer” grow fresh green leaves from sprouts.  Thanks to the rain, mountains has lush greenery at the beginning of summer.

The Start of Summer is on May 5th which is the same day as the traditional “Tango no Sekku” festival.  It was said that the medicine taken on May 5th worked effectively.  On May 5th in 611, Empress Suiko hold the “medicine hunting” in Utano, Uda district, Nara.  With the medicinal herbs, fragrances (e.g. agarwood and clove) were packed in a Japanese brocade bag, which was called the scented ball (Kusudama).  Ancient people decorated it with five colored threads and pray for longevity and good health.  They would try to prepare for the intense heat of midsummer.  The scented ball was decorated until September 8th, and then, changed it to the bag with elaeagnus on September 9th.

Ancient people felt the changing of the season and were delighted with blessings of nature and in awe of it.  They spend their lives while remembering a sense of awe of nature.  It seems that an important heart which modern people forget were hidden in tradition and custom.

*Grain rain/ Start of Summer: The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms.  “Grain rain” is the 6th solar term and starts on April 19th.  “Start of Summer” is the 7th solar term and starts on May 5th.


〒565-0851 大阪府吹田市千里山西2丁目5番18号

2-5-18 Senriyama-nishi, Suita, Osaka 565-0851 Japan

〒530-0002 大阪府大阪市北区曽根崎新地 1丁目7番4号

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