We have entered the micro-season of “The Mountain Stream Freezes Over”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season Major Cold. All the micro-seasons within Major Cold are:
- The Giant Butterbur Flowers (Jan. 21 – Jan 24)
- The Mountain Stream Freezes Over (Jan 25 – Jan 29)
- The Chicken Lays Her First Eggs (Jan 30 – Feb 03)
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 what it takes for moving water to freeze, and then read haiku by Basho, Issa, and Shiki..
A Frozen Mountain Stream
All water will freeze when it reaches 32…