lunar calendar

Setsubun: The Holiday Where Japanese Pelt Demons with Soybeans

According to the Japanese Lunar Calendar, ‘Setsubun’ (literally ‘seasonal division’ in English) is the day before the arrival of spring, or the day that sits between winter and spring, dividing the two seasons. It is celebrated on February 3rd usually as a part of the Spring Festival (Haru Matsuri) across Japan at all shrines and…

Wagashi Calendar: Minazuki in June

With the arrival of June, this marks the beginning of summer as temperatures climb higher and the sun sets later in the day. In the kyuureki (the Japanese lunar calendar), the month of June is called Minazuki (水無月) which means the month with no water. As to why this is so, it is said that…