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MEDICINE HUNTING〜From Kokuu(穀雨) to Rikka(立夏)

Grain rain* is the rain at the end of spring giving us the fruitful season, and is also called Natane-Tsuyu. This is because the rain is in the canola flower (Natane) season. There is no heavy rain in the season, but the rain before the start of summer* has a potency to grow fresh green leaves from sprouts.
The Start of Summer is May 5 which is the same day as the traditional Tango no sekku festival. On the same day in 611, Empress Suiko hold the “medicine hunting” in Utano, Uda district, Nara. The women picked medicinal herbs, while the men hunted deer for their antler velvet, which is one of the medicine. They also picked irises and Japanese mugworts which are essential for today’s Tango no sekku festival.

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 passed the summer and was decorated until September 8, and then, changed it to the bag with elaeagnus on September 9.

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.

At present, the world suffers an unprecedented disaster of COVID-19. Now is the time to bring our hearts together, support each other, and weather the storm. We might be given an opportunity to give back important things to our hearts.

At present, the world suffers an unprecedented disaster of COVID-19. Now is the time to bring our hearts together, support each other, and weather the storm. We might be given an opportunity to give back important things to our hearts.

It is time to feel the sign of spring.
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*The above is the menu for orchids (¥ 35,000).