Shichijuni-kou (72 Seasons) Calendar Listing
初秋, Shoshu: "Early Autumn"
Season No. 13: 立秋: Risshu
"The Start Of Autumn"
|Moody morning fog after a late night's thunderstorm (Mt. Noro, Hiroshima Prefecture).|
Fukaki Kiri Matou
"Thick Fog Descends"
(August 17 -August 22)
|More misty magic on a Mt. Noro bike trail (Kure, Hiroshima).|
Flower Of The Season: 木槿, Mukuge, Rose of Sharon (aka Rose Mallow)
|A slightly faded Rose of Sharon after a noon rainfall (Takehara, Hiroshima).|
(Sigh). Here we go again.
Last year, after it dawned on me that the folks around here don't really care for people who are sure of their knowledge enough to argue about beautiful things like flowers, I learned to simply push aside my need to be correct. It's much easier to learn to enjoy the differences in thought than to resist them. My Korean husband knew nothing of the mukuge's classification, but said he cherished it as his national flower and a symbol of eternity and abundance (Hangul: 무궁화, mugunghwa). I found his attitude of humility refreshing, though I was perplexed at how a plant with flowers that last only a day could symbolize eternity.
(I guess some tasks, like resisting the urge to ask questions, are easier said than done. My, aren't these flowers lovely?!)
|Rose of Sharon blossoms permanently folding up after their one day in the sun.|
Taste Of The Season: 蛸, Tako, Octopus
|Sweet, savory octopus samples at Nishiki Market in Kyoto (2002).|
|Tentacles of suitcase-sized, fresh-caught octopus (Jagalchi Market in Busan, South Korea, 2005)|
The octopus is said to be one of the most intelligent creatures of the sea, able to figure its way out of all kinds of mazes, puzzles and traps. Long ago, however, the Japanese figured out the invertebrate's love of hiding in small spaces and devised a deceptively simple contraption for catching them: a baited cyllindrical clay pot lined with a mesh net and a trap door. These takostubo (蛸壺, octopus pots) can be found piled and stacked up against seawalls in cities all along the Seto Inland Sea, where octopus is part of the local daily diet. Just looking at these pots helps me to remember the warm seas of summer.
Under summer's moon."
|Octopus traps (Tomonoura Town in Fukuyama, Hiroshima).|