Vol.2 Keichitsu (啓蟄)

Keichitsu from March.5 ~ March.19 (in 2020)

It’s getting warmer finally

Sanjusangen-do ( Kyoto)

Sanjusangen-do ( Kyoto)

The word of Keichitsu means it’s around the time that the insects under the ground will crawl out. Around this time, it’s getting warmer finally in Japan, and gradually we can see seasonal flowers here and there outside. Not only Japanese apricot which they has been blooming from February, but Peach blossoms bloom. I can see some cute pink flowers on the road in my town.

My Hina-festival, sushi and sweets of strawberry

In Japan, March, 3 is Hina-festival. Traditionally we thank for the happiness that girls has grown up healthy and famously with displaying hina-dolls. Lately we enjoy to display them and eat food arranged in Hina-festival style.

Formally it is on March, 3, but I don’t do anything special thing on this day, because it is often on the weekday and I work!

So 2~3days later, I eat chirashi- sushi and soup of freshwater clams(shijimi) or short-neck clam(asari).

This is the chirashi-sushi I made this year. This is a mixed style sushi that consists of vinegared rice boiled with hashed green vegetables and some fish etc. I used carrots and nanohana and snow peas as vegetables and salmon flakes as fish. I'm sorry it's not the traditional and formal one!

Generally speaking, people cook clams(hamaguri) , but honestly I’m not good at eating them because they are bigger and smelly a little for me.

 

And more, we enjoy sweets such as strawberry cakes, wagashi used strawberry. They are cute and look like spring has come! This is a strawberry daifuku, it consists of white mochi, sweet bean paste, and strawberry.

 

 

 

This is another type of strawberry daifuku, with pink mochi, sweet white bean paste, and strawberry.

 

 

They are so cute...

 

 

After Hina-festival, until when do we display hina-dolls?

In japan, people used to say that we had to put hina dolls back as soon as possible after Hina-festival, or daughters in that family would marry so late or would not able to marry. I guess it is kind of lesson of distinguishing the season from ancient times. But today it’s getting gender-blind in this world, and Hina-festival is also popular among boys. So I’ sure that lesson is out-of- date. Anyway I don’t care that old lesson, so I usually continue to display the dolls for a while, because it’s bothersome to display it so I want to enjoy to display a little loner! Currently some people say that it’s better to put them back by the Hina-festival day in the old calendar, around April,3, FYI.

Seasonal food

 Around the beginning of March, I find some kinds of Japanese oranges in supermarkets, for example Hassaku(八朔), Dekopon(デコポン), etc.

Hassaku is quite sour as an orange, but I like it because it has refreshed taste for my body being dull at the beginning of spring.

And also I see nanohana which is seasonal vegetables just in spring. I used it as green decorations of the chirashi-shusi above I made. It looks like green flowers on the surface of it.

 

 

Periodic raining

Around this time, it often rains. It’s periodic, it’s peculiar to spring. We have a few rainy days in about one week. Rain doesn’t pour so much. Flowers are getting bloomed, and we often see them in calm rain.