Around July 7, when the feast of tanabata is celebrated, it also marks the beginning of sho’usho. It is the 15th day since geshi or summer solstice. “Sho’usho” means that “the heat gradually intensifies.” Sure enough, this is when Japan starts to really heat up. A real summer is here.
And 大暑 begins around July 23. Doyo’u, known as an occasion for eating eels to keep your strength up and summer fatigue away, is also around this time. “Taisho” means the hottest season – but in reality, the worst summer heat is yet to come.
ななかまど・Japanese Rowan (nanakamado)
By the way, the following is a passage in the book written by our Grand Master:
A single flower in the alcove will augment the sense of coolness. The whiteness of mukuge and nanakamado. The pure white of mitsujirogusa (saururaceae ). The light and airy striped reeds. Each one creates a pleasant feeling. Speaking of the alcove, it is a season to use hana’ire of unique shapes, such as ships, fishing boats and shoes. Ship-shaped hana’ire can be of a variety of materials, such as ceramics and metal alloy (sahari made of copper, lead and tin). A fine chain is hung from the alcove ceiling, and the hana’ire is hung from it.
Originally posted July 3, 2015