Special Winter Solstice This Year!

Today is  the winter solstice (Touji / 冬至 in Japanese).

Touji (冬至)” is the 22nd of 24 solar terms (24 Sekki / 24節氣) in the traditional East Asian calendars.
Touji” literally means winter reach, and actually means winter solstice.
On this day, the day time is the shortest and the night time is the longest in the northern hemisphere.

In Japan, people say if you have a hot bath scented with yuzu (an aromatic Japanese citron), and eat pumpkins, you won’t catch cold.

This year’s winter solstice is called “Sakutan Touji (朔旦冬至)” when winter solstice happens to be the first day of November in the old calendar. This happens once every 19 years.

Winter solstice is the Yin energy reaching the peak level and Yang energy is reborn at the same moment.

At the same time, the new moon is at the start of the cycle of the waxing and waning of the moon. Some say it is a good day to make plans.

So, “Sakutan Touji” is the rising time of both the sun and the moon. In ancient times, the Imperial Court used to have a grand celebration on the day.

It might be good to be thankful for things and make plans for the future today!

What Do You Do on The Winter Solstice in Japan?

 

 

 

Category : text @en

Tag : 24 divisions of the solar year , 24sekki , corona virus , COVID-19 , COVID19 , Emergency , Japanese culture , season , tanabata , The coronavirus , 日本の文化

Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park &Foot Spa

Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park &Fo...

About 5 minutes walk from Sakurajima Port. T...

Kagoshima-ken Gokoku Shraine <br />(鹿児島縣護国神社)

Kagoshima-ken Gokoku Shraine
(...

This shrine was built to enshrine the victim...

Hirakawa Zoo

Hirakawa Zoo

Over 200 kinds animals including koalas, Pol...

Tsukiyomi Shrine

Tsukiyomi Shrine

This shrine is the biggest shrine in Sakuraj...

Mt. Sakurajima

Mt. Sakurajima

Mt. Sakurajima lying only 4km away from Kago...

Kagoshima Hall of Modern Literature & Kagoshima Marchen Hall

Kagoshima Hall of Modern Literature &...

The museum presents novelists who related to...

Amami Oshima

Amami Oshima

The island is blessed with the cobalt blue s...

Yoron

Yoron

Yoron is a small but the first class resort ...

Jambo-mochi

Jambo-mochi

Jambo is Kagoshima's local sweet. It is rice...

Mishima Islands & Toshima Islands

Mishima Islands & Toshima Islands

Non touristic but beautiful islands remain l...

Waterfront’s New Spot “DOLPHIN PORT”

Waterfront’s New Spot “DO...

Kagoshima's newest spot "Dolphin Port" opene...

Kagoshima City Aquarium “Io World”

Kagoshima City Aquarium “Io Wor...

The aquarium introduces sea creatures which ...

Event & Art

【SUMMER FESTIVAL】<br />ICHIKI-KUSHIKINO SUMMER FESTA <br />(いちき串木野サマーフェスタ)

【SUMMER FESTIVAL】
IC...

start : Jul. 27, 2024

OGIONSAA (おぎおんさあ) 2024

OGIONSAA (おぎおんさあ) 2024

start : Jul. 20, 2024〜Jul. 21, 2024

TERUKUNI SHRINE ROKUGATSUDO 2024<br />(照国神社六月灯)

TERUKUNI SHRINE ROKUGATSUDO...

start : Jul. 15, 2024〜Jul. 16, 2024

Food & Drink