August 2017

10 Aug Poetic Names to Use in August

We don't have classes at Shofuso in August (probably too hot, since we don't have AC – a good old Japanese tea house……) but we compiled the poetic names to use in August anyway! Early August To- Hanabi (遠花火)-fireworks afar Sato Gaeri (里帰り)-homecoming Yoi Suzushi (宵涼し)-cool evening, evening coolness Kadobi (門火)-fire lit at a gate (for Obon festival, to welcome the spirits of ancestors) Mid-August Toro- Nagashi (灯篭流し)-floating lanterns (Obon festival customs, to send off the spirits of ancestors, when the lighted lanterns are floated down the river to the ocean) Utsu semi(空蝉)-cicada, a cast-off shell of cicada (a symbol of temporal, short-lived life) Fuyo-(芙蓉)-a flower of the hibiscus...

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