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LIFE WITH A LITTLE TREAT IN 72 SEASONS
 

 
Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff

Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff

In 2017 I decided to post articles on my Japanese blog, Tales from Wales,  following the ancient Japanese calendar called 72 Seasons (aka 72 Microseasons). We have very distinctive four seasons in Japan and a year is divided further into 24 Seasons, called Niju-shi sekki.  Still to this modern period, we have many traditional customs and events according to the Niju-shi sekki calendar. While it is a copy of the classical Chinese calendar, the 72 Seasons calendar originates in Japan, marking little changes every five days in Japanese seasons. 

The articles were about my daily life with my Welsh husband, Chris and four Maine Coon cats, Ghost, Freya, Haiku and Mochi,  featuring whatever we enjoyed together here in Wales and places we visited.

I re-started my blog in English and Japanese (please visit the BLOG page from the MENU at the top right corner of this website) in July 2019.  I will release a new post every Saturday noon, UK time. It will be about little life stories as well as creative thoughts and inspirations from my studio in Cardiff.


 
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Hens Start Laying Eggs

鶏始乳 にわとりはじめてとやにつく

30th January - 3rd February / #72 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Greater Cold

二四節気 末候 大寒

 

 
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Ice Thickens on Streams

水沢腹堅 さわみずこおりつめる

25th - 29th January / #71 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Greater Cold

二四節気 次候 大寒

 

 
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Butterburs Bud

款冬華 ふきのはなさく

20th - 24th January / #70 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Greater cold

二四節気 初候 大寒

 

 
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Pheasants Start to Call

雉始雊 きじはじめてなく
15th - 19th January / #69 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Lesser Cold

二四節気 末候 小寒

 

 
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Springs Thaw

水泉動 しみずあたたかをふくむ

10th - 14th January / #68 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Lesser Cold

二四節気 次候 小寒

 

 
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Parsley Flourishes

芹乃栄 せりすなわちさかう

5th - 9th January / #67 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Lesser Cold

二四節気初候 小寒

 

 
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Wheat Sprouts Under Snow

雪下出麦 ゆきわたりてむぎのびる

1st - 4th January / #66 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Winter Solstice

二四節気末候 冬至

 

 
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Deer Shed Antlers

麋角解 さわしかのつのおつる

27th - 31st December / #65 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Winter Solstice

二四節気 次候 冬至

 

 
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Self-heal Sprouts

乃東生 なつかれくさしょうず

22th - 26th December / #64 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Winter Solstice

二四節気 初候 冬至

 

 
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Salmons Gather and Swim Upstream

熊蟄穴 くまあなにこもる

17th - 21st December / #63 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Greater Snow

二四節気 末候 大雪

 

 
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Bears Start Hibernating in Their Dens

熊蟄穴 くまあなにこもる

12th - 16th December / #62 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Greater Snow

二四節気 次候 大雪

 

 
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Cold Sets in, Winter Begins

閉塞成冬 そらさむくふゆとなる

7th - 11th December / #61 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Greater Snow

二四節気 初候 大雪

 

 
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Tachibana Citrus Tree Leaves Start to Turn Yellow

橘始黄 たちばなはじめてきばむ

2nd - 6th December / #60 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Lesser Snow

二四節気 末候 小雪

 

 
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North Wind Blows the Leaves from the Trees

朔風払葉 きたかぜこのはをはらう

27th - 1st December / #59 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Lesser Snow

二四節気 次候 小雪

 

 
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Rainbows Hide

金盞香 きんせんかさく

22nd - 26th November / #58 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Lesser Snow

二四節気 初候 小雪

 

 
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Daffodils Bloom

金盞香 きんせんかさく

17th - 21st November / #57 of 72 Seasons

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Beginning of Winter

二四節気 末候 立冬

 

 
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Land Starts to Freeze

地始凍 ちはじめてこおる

12th - 16th November / #56 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Beginning of Winter

二四節気 次候 立冬

 

 
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Camellias Bloom

山茶始開 つばきはじめてひらく

7th - 11th November / #55 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Beginning of Winter

二四節気 初候 立冬

 

 
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Maple Leaves and Ivy Turn Yellow

楓蔦黄 もみじつたきばむ

2nd - 6th November / #54 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Frost Falls

二四節気 末候 霜降

 

 
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Light Rains Sometimes Fall

霎時施 こさめときどきふる

28th - 1st November / #53 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Frost Falls

二四節気 次候 霜降

 

 
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First Frost

霜始降 しもはじめてふる

23th - 27th October - / #52 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Frost Falls

二四節気 初候 霜降

 

 
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Crickets Chirp Around the Door

蟋蟀在戸 きりぎりすとにあり

18th - 22th October - / #51 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Cold Dew

二四節気 寒露 末候

 

 
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Chrysanthemums Bloom

菊花開 きくのはなひらく

13th - 17th October - / #50 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Cold Dew

二四節気 寒露 次候

 

 
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Wild Geese Return

鴻雁来 こうがんきたる

8th - 12th October - / #49 of 72 Seasons

Lavernock Beach, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Cold Dew

二四節気 寒露 初候

 

 
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Farmers Drain Fields

水始涸 みずはじめてかるる

3rd - 7th October - / #48 of 72 Seasons

York, England, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Autumn Equinox

二四節気 秋分 末候

 

 
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Insects Hole up Underground

蟄虫坏戸 むしかくれてとをふさぐ

28 September - 2nd October / #47 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Autumn Equinox

二四節気 秋分 次候

 

 
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Thunder Ceases

雷乃収声 かみなりすなわちこえをおさむ

23 - 27 September / #46 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Autumn Equinox

二四節気 秋分 初候

 

 
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Swallows Leave

玄鳥去 つばめさる

18 - 22 September / #45 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of White Dew

二四節気 白露 末候

 

 
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Wagtails Sing

鶺鴒鳴 せきれいなく

13 - 17 September / #44 of 72 Seasons

Chesil Beach, Dorset, England

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of White Dew

二四節気 白露 次候

 

 
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Dew Glistens White on Grass

草露白 くさのつゆしろし

8 - 12 September / #43 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of White Dew

二四節気 白露 初候

 

 
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Rice Ripens

禾乃登 こくものすなわちみのる

2 - 7 September / #42 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Manageable Heat

二四節気 処暑 末候

 

 
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Heat Starts to Die Down

天地始粛 てんちはじめてさむし

28 August - 1 September / #41 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Manageable Heat

二四節気 処暑 次候

 

 
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Cotton Flowers Bloom

綿柎開 わたのはなしべひらく

23 - 27 August / #40 of 72 Seasons

Lorient, Brittany, France

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Manageable Heat

二四節気 処暑 初候

 

 
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Thick Fog Descends

蒙霧升降 ふかききりまとう

18 - 22 August / #39 of 72 Seasons

Huelgoat, Brittany, France

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Beginning of Autumn

二四節気 立秋 末候

 

 
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Evening Cicadas Sing

寒蝉鳴 ひぐらしなく

13 - 17 August / #38 of 72 Seasons

Derbyshire, England, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Beginning of Autumn

二四節気 立秋 次候

 

 
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Cool Winds Blow

涼風至 すずかぜいたる

7 - 12 August / #37 of 72 Seasons

Derbyshire, England, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Beginning of Autumn

二四節気 立秋 初候

 

 
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Great Rains Sometimes Fall

大雨時行 たいうときどきふる

3 - 6 August / #36 of 72 Seasons

Betws-y-coed, North Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Greater Heat

二四節気 大暑 末候

 

 
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Earth is Damp, Air is Humid

土潤溽暑 つちうるおうてむしあつし

29 July - 2 August / #35 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Greater Heat

二四節気 大暑 次候

 

 
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Paulownia Trees Produce Seeds

桐始結花 きりはじめてはなをむすぶ

23 - 28 July / #34 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Greater Heat

二四節気 大暑 初候

 

 
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Hawks Learn to Fly

鷹乃学習 たかすなわちたくしゅうす

17 - 22July / #33 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Lesser Heat

二四節気 小暑 末候

 

 
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First Lotus Blossoms

蓮始開 はすはじめてひらく

12 - 16July / #32 of 72 Seasons

Dyffryn Garden, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Lesser Heat

二四節気 小暑 次候

 

 
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Warm Winds Blow

温風至 あつかぜいたる

7 - 11July / #31 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Lesser Heat

二四節気 小暑 初候

 

 
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Crow-dipper sprouts

半夏生 はんげしょうず

2 - 6 July / #30 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Summer Solstice

二四節気 夏至 末候

 

 
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Irises bloom

菖蒲華 あやめはなさく

27 June - 1 July / #29 of 72 Seasons

Horikiri, Tokyo, JAPAN

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24 Seasons
The 2 nd pentad of Summer Solstice

二四節気 夏至 次候

 

 
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Self-heal Withers

乃東枯 なつかれくさかるる

21 - 26 June / #28 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Summer Solstice

二四節気 夏至 初候

 

 
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Plums Turn Yellow

梅子黄 うめのみきなり

16 - 20 June / #27 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 3rd pentad of Grain Beards and Seeds

二四節気 芒 種 末候

 

 
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Rotten Grass Becomes Fireflies

腐草為蛍 かれたるくさほたるとなる

11 - 15 June / #26 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 2nd pentad of Grain Beards and Seeds

二四節気 芒 種 次候

 

 
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Praying Mantises Hatch

螳螂生 かまきりしょうず

6 May - 10 June / #25 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons
The 1st pentad of Grain Beards and Seeds

二四節気 芒 種 初候

 

 
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Wheat Ripens and is Harvested

麦秋至 むぎのときいたる

31 May - 5 June / #24 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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[ The 3rd pentad of Lesser Ripening / 24 Seasons ]

 

 
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Safflowers Bloom

紅花栄 べにばなさかう

26 - 30 May / #23 of 72 Seasons

Penarth, South Wales, UK

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[ The 2nd pentad of Lesser Ripening / 24 Seasons ]

 

 
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Silkworms Start Feasting on Mulberry Leaves

蚕起食桑 かいこおきてくわをはむ

21 - 25 May / #22 of 72 Seasons

Monmouthshire, South Wales, UK

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[ The 1st pentad of Lesser Ripening / 24 Seasons ]

 

 
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Bamboo Shoots Sprout

竹笋生 たけのこしょうず

15 - 20 May / #21 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The last pentad of Beginning of Summer

二四節気 立夏 次候

 

 
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Worms Surface

蚯蚓出 みみずいずる

9 - 14 May / #20 of 72 Seasons

Helmsdale, Scotland, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Beginning of Summer

二四節気 立夏 次候

 

 
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Frogs Start Singing

鼃始鳴 かわずはじめてなく

5 - 9 May / #19 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The1st pentad of Beginning of Summer

二四節気 立夏 初候

 

 

Peonies bloom

牡丹華 ぼたんはなさく

30 April - 4 May / #18 of 72 Seasons

Aberystwyth, West Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The last pentad of Grain rains

二四節気 穀雨 末候

 

 

Last Frost, Rice Seedlings Grow

霜止出苗 しもやんでなえいずる

25 - 29 April / #17 of 72 Seasons

Wenallt, Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Grain rains

二四節気 穀雨 次候

 

 

First Reeds Sprout

葭始生 あしはじめてしょうず

20 - 24 April / #16 of 72 Seasons

Forest Farm, Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 1st pentad of Grain rain

二四節気 穀雨 初候

 

 
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First Rainbows

虹始見 にじはじめてあらわる

15 - 19 April / #15 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 3rd pentad of Pure and Clear

二四節気 清明 末候

 

 
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Wild Geese Fly North

鴻雁北 こうがんかえる

10 - 14 April / #14 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Pure and Clear

二四節気 清明 次候

 

 
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Swallows Return

玄鳥至 つばめきたる

5 - 9 April / #13 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 1st pentad of Pure and Clear

二四節気 清明 初候

 

 
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Distant Thunder

雷乃発声

かみなりすなわちこえはっす

31 March - 4 April / #12 of 72 Seasons

Wells, England, UK

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24 Seasons

The last pentad of Spring Equinox

二四節気 春分 末候

 

 
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First Cherry Blossoms

桜始開 さくらはじめてひらく

26 - 30 March / #11 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Spring Equinox

二四節気 春分 次候

 

 
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Sparrows Start to Nest

雀始巣 すずめはじめてすくう

21 - 25 March / #10 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 1st pentad of Spring Equinox

二四節気 春分 初候

 

 
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Caterpillars Become Butterflies

菜虫化蝶 なむしちょうとなる


16 - 20 March / #9 of 72 Seasons

Lizard, Cornwall, England, UK

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24 Seasons

The last pentad of Insects Awaken

二四節気 啓蟄 末候

 

 
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First Peach Blossoms

11 - 15 March / #8 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Insects Awaken

二四節気 啓蟄 次候

 

 
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Hibernating Insects Surface

蟄虫啓戸 すごもりむしとをひらく

6 - 10 March / #7 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 1st pentad of Insects Awaken

二四節気 啓蟄 初候

 

 
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Grass Sprouts, Trees Bud

草木萌動 そうもくめばえいずる

1 - 5 March / #6 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The last pentad of Insects Awaken

二四節気 雨水 末候

 

 
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Mist Starts to Linger

霞始靆 かすみはじめてたなびく

24 - 28 February / #5 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Insects Awaken

二四節気 雨水 次候

 

 
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Rain Moistens the Soil

土脉潤起

つちのしょううるおいおこる

19 - 23 February / #4 of 72 Seasons

Tintern, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 1st pentad of Insects Awaken

二四節気 雨水 初候

 

 
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Fish Emerge from the Ice

魚上氷 うおこおりをいずる

14 - 18 February / #3 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The last pentad of Beginning of Spring

二四節気 立春 末候

 

 
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Bush Warblers Start Singing in the Mountains

黄鶯睍睆 おうこうけんかんす

9 - 13 February / #2 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 2nd pentad of Beginning of Spring

二四節気 立春 次候

 

 
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East Wind Melts the Ice

東風解凍 はるかぜこおりをとく

4 - 8 February / #1 of 72 Seasons

Cardiff, South Wales, UK

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24 Seasons

The 1st pentad of Beginning of Spring

二四節気 立春 初候