Weather is getting cooler and colder day by day here in Fukuoka. It is October. When I hear the word October, one thing comes up to my mind very quick. That is the beautiful moon.
Somewhere in the first week of October, the very beautiful full moon is on the sky. So Japanese people have been enjoying this moon sitting on the chair and eating some sweet at evening. We call that activity “Tsu-Ki-Mi (月見：つきみ）” and that day “Jyu-Go-Ya (十五夜：じゅうごや) or “Chu-Shu-No-Mei-Ge-Tsu (中秋の名月：ちゅうしゅうのめいげつ).”
This year, 2017, was on 4th of October. The full moon was very very beautiful. Modan Japanese people are very busy for work and few people enjoy Tsu-Ki-Mi. So Tsu-Ki-Mi activity is getting less popular generation by generation.
Summer is ending. Fall is around the corner. Yes!! It is September. The sticky humid hot weather is going away, and the dry, cool, and comfortable weather brings people to have more exercise and appetite. But do you know how Japanese realize the coming of the fall? Actually, it is cicadas.
In summer, cicadas are very very busy for singing. You will hear cicadas making very loud noise on trees everywhere in Japan. They make monotonous and loud sounds from morning till evening. Yet, somewhere around the end of August, noisy cicadas stop singing, and a type of cicada starts singing, and it is the very beginning of fall. The cicada is named “Tsuku-tsuku-boushi (ツクツクボウシ)” due to its song. I like the way it sings because it is like a piece of music. It slowly starts, gradually loud, and last long. Elegant, isn’t it?
Cicadas are known as the creatures having short lives. It is said that a cicada’s life is only a week after they came up from underground. So Japanese feel evanescence to them.
Following video shows how Tsuku-tsuku-boushi sings. Please check out.
It’s August!! Vacation, yay!! Although it brings super heat days, we are all forward to August. Why? Of course, it comes with Summer Vacation!! What are Japanese people doing on the vacation? Most of people are going home, more specifically, going home to see parents and ancestors. Ancestors?? Yes. According to Obon(“お盆”）custom, spirits of our ancestors come back from heaven on Obon days which is between August 13th to 15th. I’m going to visit my ancestors graves and clean them up to ready for our ancestors feel comfortable.
The rainy season is finally over and the shining sun brings summer and joy! People start going out for activities, like camping, hiking, or sports. Going for the beach is also one of the most popular activities in hot summer. You will find crowds of young people and kids having fun on famous beaches in Japan. You will also find shacks along the beach. These shacks are called “海の家（Umi-no-ie:海=ocean, 家=house）” and mainly function as a place for rest . It also roles as a bar, a rental store, a shower room, and a restaurant.