Winter arrived in November with Shichi-Go-San, in Japan. Here it arrives with the Winter Solstice. However, this event, falling on either the 21st or 22nd of December, is called Tōji (冬至). Wikipedia says it is “one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.” Some people eat rice gruel and red beans to exorcise the plague god. Also soaking in a hot bath with citron is recommended, as a preventative for colds and chapped skin. Eating pumpkin (kabocha/かぼちゃ) is also thought to guarantee good health throughout the year.
The above graphic says:
Let’s take a citrus bath!
1. Karada o atatameru – to warm the body
2. Ohara tsuru tsuru – to moisten the skin
3. Kaori de rirakkusu – relax to the fragrance
I don’t know where I can find citrons at this point, but I do agree with the idea.