Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumnal Equinox Day (Higan)

Today is the middle day of autumnal equinox week and a national holiday in Japan.

In the equinoctial weeks, they say spirits of ancestors return to this world. So special Buddhist services are held at the temples and people pay a visit to their ancestor's grave to offer flowers, incense and rice dumpling covered with bean jam called Ohagi.

There is a common Japanese saying "Summer heat or winter cold doesn't last after the equinox."
I hope real autumn finally arrived.


  1. What a great idea to have a holiday for the Autumn Equinox. Do you have one for the Spring equinox, too? just as nice an idea as Melbourne having a holiday for a horse race - the Melbourne Cup.
    Hugs, Kaye xoxox

  2. Hi, Kaye. Exactly, we have also a national holiday on the Spring equinox day! Do you visit the Melbourne Cup racecourse on that day? When is the day?

  3. I'm ready for autumn as well! We've had a long, hot, dry summer!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.