We like to joke that there are 11 seasons in Canada.
A country for all seasons. pic.twitter.com/IpP7L03SCr
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 4, 2018
In Japan, the year is split into 24 major divisions of seasons and each of those is broken down into 3 microseasons for a total of 72 microseasons. The result is poetic meditation on the changing of the seasons.
Here is just some of the ‘poem’:
Beginning of Spring
February 4 -8 East wind melts the ice
February 9-11 Bush warblers start singing in the mountains
Feb 14-18 Fish emerge from the ice
February 19 – 23 Rain moistens the soil
February 24- 28 Mist starts to linger
March 1 – 4 Grass sprouts, trees bud
March 6- 10 Hibernating insects surface
March 11- 15 First Peach blossoms
March 16- 20 Caterpillars become butterflies
Beautiful, isn’t it? Read the whole thing HERE.
What would the “season poem” look like where you live?
If I based it on my backyard, mine would include fierce winds in the winter, ice melting slowly, crocus sprouting, peach tree blossoming, raspberry leaves unfurling, strawberry blossoma and apple blossoms; unfortunately, sightings of baby skunks… sigh