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japanshin
07 April 2019 @ 12:55 am

I keep forgetting to thank everyone who bought my calendar.  The money was donated to

https://pollinator.org and http://jbcs.blog.fc2.com.  I hope these groups can protect habitats in the US and Japan.  Yossi matched all of the money so I ended up raising 16,000 yen.  Thank you so much! 

http://www.randomisgod.com/pictures/IMG_3199.JPG  (Thank you image)

Spring has come and I'm late introducing you all to a new holiday I'm advocating.

In East Asia there wasn't any problem of re-appropriating pagan holidays or calendars that didn't quite match up over time, so the original calendars of Japan based on the sun, moon, and stars also designated where holidays fell.  Instead of months, dates were kept by the angle of the sun.  Here's a Chinese image of this calendar:

http://chugokugo-script.net/koyomi/nijuushi-sekki.html

The 12o'clock position is the Spring Equinox, which was like the old beginning of the year.  Likewise, the Fall Equinox lies at the bottom, with the two solstices at the 3 and 9 positions.  Between each of these celestial events lie five more significant days and you can see how they are based on the angle of the sun.  Thus the year was categorized.

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