We have entered the micro-season of “The Nightingale Sings”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season First Spring. All the micro-seasons within First Spring are:
- Spring Winds Thaw the Ice (Feb 04 – Feb 08)
- The Nightingale Sings (Feb 09 – Feb 13)
- Fish Rise From the Ice (Feb 14 – Feb 18)
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.
To celebrate this season, we will learn about the common nightingale and the Japanese nightingales. We will then read seasonal haiku by Kerouac, Issa, Basho, and Dr. Gabi Greve.
The common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) is also called…
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