Wednesday 21 March 2012

Spring Equinox

Yesterday, 20 March, was a holiday. It was the Spring Equinox, a Buddhist holiday, when people go to the family graves. Last year no one could go as there was no petrol so it was good to see everything back to normal.

In this area there were no flowers at this time of year so people used to make them. They're made out of shaven wood and dyed bright yellow, green, pink and purple. People write their names on them and leave them at graves they've visited -  a very pretty calling card.
Bye for now,
Still cold here

The Kaneko family grave

A 'higanbana' calling card

春分の日   shunbun no hi    The Spring Equinox
彼岸 higan    Equinox (either spring or autumn)
彼岸花 higanbana   Spider Lily (lit. Equinox flower)
お墓   o-haka   grave
お墓参り  o-haka-mairi   going to visit the grave(s)

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