July 2 is “Hangesho”.
Hangesho (半夏生) is one of the standard days signifying the changing of the seasons.
It is the 11th day from the summer solstice.
It is at the end of the rainy season that very humid and medicinal herbs which are called “hange (半夏) or karasu-byakushi (烏柄杓), crowdipper in English” come out.
Farmers used to observe some customs: finish rice planting by this day, don’t eat or seed wild plants such as bamboo and bracken, and put a lid on wells because they used to say that in this season the ground fills with poisonous air.
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