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“Not Yet Spring”From Greater Cold to Start of Spring*

It is sometimes painfully cold even after the “start of spring.” The air in the morning is so clear that I can see farther than usual. The wintry scene makes me think spring is still far away.

Furutoshi ni Haru Tachikeru Hi Yomeru
Toshi no Uch ni Haru ha Kinikeri Hitotose wo kozo toya Ihamu Kotoshi Toya Ihamu
written by Ariwara no Motokata (Kokin Wakashū)

Meaning: Spring has come before New Year’s Day.
How should I call this period “last year” or “this year?”


In the old calendar, “start of spring” is on December 23rd, 2020. As in the song, this year spring came before the end of the year. I feel this song was expressed the poet’s happiness at the early arrival of spring which he was looking forward to.

However, we need to wait for next spring until January 4th, 2021. There are still no signs of the pandemic being over. How long we need to wait for the non-chaotic spring. We hope everyone overcomes this difficulty.

I happened to look at a tree moving soughingly in the north wind and could find the buds at the end of the branch. Even in this strict situation, spring is coming quietly but steadily. No matter what happens, spring will be there. We wish good health to you, your family, and your friend.

Kashiwaya’s cuisine describes the spring arriving step by step. You will experience the change of spring with your five senses.

*Greater Cold/ Start of Spring: The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. “Greater cold(大寒)” starts on January 20 in the new calendar. “Start of spring(立春)” is from February 3rd to February 18th.

The contents might be changed depending on the day’s stocks.

*The above is the menu for orchids (¥ 35,000).