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Shunbun no hi

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Shunbun no hi

March 20th is "Shunbun no hi (Vernal Equinox Day)." It is designated as a national holiday in Japan. Since spring break starts around this time, I wasn't as excited about this holiday as other holidays when I was at school. "Shunbun" is written with a combination of the kanji characters for "spring" and "to divide". The seven-day period, including the three days immediately before and after "Shunbun no hi," is called the spring equinoctial week (higan). There is an old saying; "Atsusa samusa mo higan made," which means that higan is a boundary marking the end of summer heat or winter coldness. Although I don't mind winter, it is nice to see the days getting longer and the weather getting nicer.

Japanese Translation

春分の日

三月二十一日は春分の日です。日本ではこの日は祭日にあたります。ちょうど春休みがこの時期に始まるので、学校に通っているときには、私は春分の日を他の祭日ほどうれしくは感じませんでした。春分の日の前後三日間を含めた一週間の期間を彼岸と呼びます。古くからの言われに「暑さ寒さも彼岸まで」というものがあります。これは彼岸を境に、冬の寒さ、夏の暑さは和らぎ過ごしやすくなるという意味です。私は冬もそれなりに好きなのですが、だんだん日が長くなって、気候が良くなってくるのは、やはりいいものですね。

Romaji Translation

Sangatsu hatsuka wa shunbun no hi desu. Nihon dewa kono hi wa saijitsu ni atarimasu. Choudo haruyasumi ga kono jiki ni hajimaru node, gakkou ni kayotte iru toki niwa, watashi wa shunbun no hi o hoka no saijitsu hodo ureshiku wa kanjimasen deshita. Shunbun no hi no zengo mikka kan o fukumeta isshuukan o higan to yobimasu. Furuku kara no iware ni "Atsusa samusa mo higan made" to iu mono ga arimasu. Kore wa higan o sakai ni, fuyu no samusa, natsu no atsusa wa yawaragi sugoshiyasuku naru to iu imi desu. Watashi wa fuyu mo sorenari ni suki nano desuga, dandan hi ga nagaku natte, kikou ga yoku natte kuru nowa, yahari ii mono desu ne.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

It is designated as a national holiday in Japan.

  • Nihon dewa kono hi wa saijitsu ni atarimasu.
  • にほんでは このひは さいじつに あたります。
  • 日本ではこの日は祭日にあたります。

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