We have entered the micro-season of “The First Camellia Blossoms”. This is the first micro-season of the mini-season of First Winter. The micro-seasons within First Winter are:
- The First Camellia Blossoms (Nov. 8- Nov 12)
- The Earth First Freezes (Nov. 13 – Nov 17)
- The Daffodil Flowers (Nov 18 – Nov 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 the camellia flower and its symbolism. Then we will read camellia-themed haiku from Issa, Basho, Buson, and Shiki.
The Camellia Flower
The Camellia is an evergreen shrub or bush that is native…
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