This month is March, or "Yayoi."
The "Ya" in "Yayoi" is Japanese for "more and more," while "yoi" refers to the sprouting of plants. Therefore, "Yayoi" refers to a period when plants are increasingly sprouting.
Creatures that had been hibernating underground emerge under the warm spring rays, and peach and cherry blossoms are blooming all over. It is truly a season in which you can hear the breath of nature. It’s also a time to look forward to food course menus that include many seasonal ingredients.
The elementary school that I attended was called "Yayoi Elementary School."
It seems that the name had a wonderful meaning, fitting for expressing how children grow up so quickly.
At SUIGIAN, where we "play with culture" in accordance with the seasons of the old Japanese calendar’s 24 seasons and 72 micro-seasons, you can experience the joy of feeling the breath of nature at the height of spring, with dishes with seasonal ingredients and performance programs that are appropriate for the season.
Furthermore, from March 17th (Friday) to April 9th (Sunday) the "SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI 2023" will be held in all of downtown Nihonbashi. Along with a visit to Fukutoku shrine (Mebuki Inari), feel free to welcome the coming of spring the Japanese way at SUIGIAN.
Hidetomo KIMURA, Owner of SUIGIAN
February 19th to March 5th
Keichitsu (Insects awaken)／
March 6th to 20th
Shunbun (Spring equinox)／
March 21st to April 4th
[ The 24 seasons and 72 micro-seasons ]
Now four seasons are standard, but in ancient Japan the spring, summer, fall and winter were divided into 24 seasons, and each of those 24 seasons was further divided into 3 smaller seasons of 5 days each, called the 72 micro-seasons.
This helped people sense the changing seasons.