We have entered the micro-season of “The Grasshopper Sings”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season of Cold Dew. The micro-seasons within Cold Dew are:
- The Geese Arrive (Oct 08 – Oct 12)
- The Chrysanthemum Flowers (Oct 13 – Oct 17)
- The Grasshopper Sings (Oct 18 – Oct 22)
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 learn about grasshoppers and stridulation. Then we will read seasonal haiku by Basho, Issa, and Buson.
Grasshoppers are part of the taxonomic suborder Caelifera within the order Orthoptera, which is suspected to be over…
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