passing through the season

August Cho

We are nearing the end of Hazuki (葉月), the “Month of Leaves” according to the Japanese calendar.  It has certainly been that way here with the leaves falling the way they have, at least in my yard.  It may reflect on the health of one of my trees though.  Next spring will tell the story there.

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The dog days have also passed, but our canine friends were celebrated nationally & internationally on Monday. I couldn’t pass up a chance to do the same.

The days of Shosho (処暑), of limited heat, began last week and continues into early September – these small groupings that mark the season’s progression and sometimes significance.  While the heat and light have changed, it’s still strong.  It’s still summer.

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Today, the cicada’s cry seemed more persistent than usual, but at night, I’m hearing crickets and have been for some time.  The night sky has also held some intrigue as the space station made a few nearby passes.  I’ve been looking at stars and constellations.

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4 Responses to “passing through the season”

  1. neki rivera Says:

    we’re definitely on shosho here.good to know there’s a word for this interval.

    • Susan Says:

      Yes! They seem to have so many definitions for these seasonal passages. It feels like a ritual, kind of. Maybe it helps to know words like that so that you really stop to appreciate those elements.

  2. shiborigirl Says:

    still summer here too. actually more summer than we had all summer long. i wonder if there is a word for that? love the little shibori 蛍 -“fireflies” .

    • Susan Says:

      I have to admit, I don’t know. It does seem like we’ve regressed here a bit. It’s mostly the light that’s so telling at this point.

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