Sunday, 23 September 2018

二十四節気 「秋分」 Nijuushi-sekki 'Shuubun', Autumnal Equinox Day

Today (23rd September 2018) is 'Shuubun-no-hi', Autumnal Equinox Day. Every year, September 23 is a national holiday in Japan.

The week, in which shuubun-no-hi is the middle day, is called 'Ohigan', the autumn equinoctial week, during which memorial services are taken place at temples and people make visits to graves to comfort the spirits of their ancestors. We also make an offering of  'Ohagi', a rice ball coated with sweeten red bean paste or soy bean powder to the ancestors.

On this day, like on the Vernal Equinox Day, the length of day and night is equal.

This period is a boundary marking the end of the summer heat and the coming autumn.
Typhoons frequently hit Japan around this time of the year, and insects dig and hide themselves underground.

The average date of the first snow seen on the top of Mt. Fuji is September 29th. (visible from Kawaguchi Lake) Today's temperature in Fujiyoshida City is 24/16℃.

Kinmokusei (Osmanthus) blossoms are now blooming in my hometown Kofu, near Fujiyoshida City (about 1 hour away by car), and that is one of the signs of the arrival of autumn season. The streets will be soon filled with its unique fragrance.






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