We have entered the micro-season of “Hibernating Creatures Close Their Doors”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season of Autumn Equinox. The micro-seasons within Autumn Equinox are:
- Thunder Lowers its Voice (Sep 22 – Sep 27)
- Hibernating Creatures Close Their Doors (Sep 28 – Oct 02)
- The Paddy Water is First Drained (Oct 03 – Oct 07)
These seasons were established in 1685 by Japanese astronomer Shibuka Shunkai and are specific to Japan. However, just because the calendar focuses on Japan doesn’t mean it isn’t applicable to others. No matter where you live you can use these seasons as a starting point for your personal exploration of the world around you.
As a way to celebrate this season, we will look at the strategies animals use to survive the winter and then read some haiku by Shiki, Basho, and Issa.
What is Hibernation?
Hibernation is an adaptive strategy…
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