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Japanese Customs at the Summer Solstice

  • Japanese Customs at the Summer Solstice


    Today, June 21st, the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year in the Northern Hemisphere, which is called geshi (夏至) in Japanese.

    Since ge (夏) means “summer” and shi (至) means “ultimate,” the literal meaning of geshi is “ultimate in summer.”
    「夏」は “summer”、「至」は “ultimate ” を意味するので、「夏至」の文字どおりの意味は “ultimate in summer” となります。

    There are no major traditional events related to the summer solstice in Japan, but there are some local customs.

    In the Kansai region, people eat octopus, hoping that the roots of rice will grow like the legs of an octopus.

    In Shimane and Kumamoto prefectures, people make dumplings with freshly harvested wheat and offer them to the gods (then they eat the dumplings).

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