This month is May, known in Japanese as "Satsuki."
One theory regarding the word "Satsuki" is that it originated from the ancient word or character "sa," which means "farming," and evolved into "Satsuki" to indicate its meaning as the month ("tsuki") of rice cultivation.
Another theory posits that the word "sanaezuki," which means the month of planting rice sprouts (which are called "sanae"), was shortened to become "Satsuki."
You can also look forward to multi-course dining featuring many seasonal ingredients characteristic of the arrival of early summer.
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 May, with dishes with seasonal ingredients and performance programs that are appropriate for the season.
Hidetomo KIMURA, Owner of SUIGIAN
Kokuu (Grain rains)／
April 20st to May 5th
Rikka (Beginning of summer)／
May 6th to 20th
Shōman (Lesser ripening)／
May 21st to June 5th
[ 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.