Japanese 24 Seasons -Shouman-
On the 20th of May, a new season Shoman (小満) started. Sho means small and man means fulfilling. The meaning is not a little fulfilled but is will be fulfilled. It’s the early summer and as the weather is becoming better, the plants and the trees are satisfied and growing.
The other theory is, the seeds planted in the last autumn grow in the spring. Seeing this makes us giving a peace of mind (a small satisfaction).
This year’s Shoman ends on the 4th of June. Starting day changes depending on a year, some year it starts on the 20th and some year on the 21st.
What are the best things to eat during Shoman?
Although you can eat barley anytime of the year, now is the season. New barley mixed rice and grated Japanese yum is the best way to enjoy this grain.
This green vegetable is around for a very short period. Unlike some part of Europe, white asparagus is very rare in Japan but we enjoy a lot with the green ones. What is your favourite recipe?
Koromogae (衣替え) literally means changing clothes. On the 1st of June, schools and offices who provides their employees uniforms change to the summer ones. This change happens also in autumn and not only the schools and the offices but the people tend to change their closets to the winter clothes. Only problem is, even though it’s very hot, we can’t wear short sleeve shirts although you sweat and your shirt gets wet and creased. Maybe it’s fun to see students and workers suddenly change to summer clothes.
Enjoy the beginning of the summer! (if you are in the northern hemisphere).
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