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Feeling sympathy for Kakoso〜From Summer Solstice to Slight Heat

The morning sunlight is getting stronger and we feel its glare and heat these days. After the summer solstice went, the days are getting shorter; however, the harsh summer is still coming. Woods greening up and flowers shining under the sunlight are getting more powerful. Out of all the plants, the sprout of Kakoso (=self-heal) comes out around the winter solstice, and around the summer solstice, it withers quietly.

The ancients did not have many ways to beat the heat; therefore, they prayed for getting through the summer safely. In that time, they named self-heal “Kakoso(夏枯草)” since it withered(枯) without passing the summer(夏). The ancients might feel sympathy for nature.

Iso no kami Furuki miyako no Hototogisu
Koe bakari koso Mukashi nari-kere
By Sosei from the Kokinshu

Meaning: Only lesser cuckoo’s chirp is unchanged at the old capital, Isonokami.

The poem caused me to think heartily that “What kinds of trend Japanese cuisine takes in” and “What kinds of tradition should protect” with the times.

Kashiwaya is preparing the traditional cuisine in the new styles and the new things clothed in the tradition like “the five tastes of pike conger.”

Now, under the COVID-19 peril, new customs were suggested. This situation makes us think about what we should newly take in and what we should remain.

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