BLOGLiterary Calendar2020.06.30

What is "Hangesho" and "Octopus Day"?

The 11th day after the summer solstice around June 21 is called "Hangesho".

It is one of the Zassetsu.

The year 2020 falls on July 1, when the leaves of the Saururaceae plant turn white.

The plant is also called "Hangesho" because it blooms in the middle of summer.

It is also said that the name comes from the fact that green leaves turn white as if they were half made up.

In Kyoto, Ryosokuin Temple, a sub-temple of Kennin-ji Temple, Tenryu-ji Temple, Daikaku-ji Temple, and Tojiin Temple are famous for Hangesho.

At the Kyoto Botanical Garden and Kyoto Gyoen, it's the best time to enjoy the summer.

Also, do you know that July 2 is "Octopus Day"?

This is the time for farmers to finish rice planting and settle down.

It is said that it was established with the hope that crops will be firmly rooted on the earth like octopus feet.

In Kyoto and Kansai, there is a custom to eat octopus on this day to build up physical strength for the hot summer.

I love the pure white half-summer life, and I eat the octopus boiled to red ......

The combination of red and white seems to bring good luck.

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