This year, until the end of August, the maximum temperature was 30 degrees Celsius or higher, which was a midsummer day, but after September, it was cool not only in the morning and evening but also in the daytime. Even if it got cooler in September, there was a year when the heat returned immediately, but this year it seems that it has changed smoothly to autumn. Plants such as cluster amaryllis, cosmos, and osmanthus fragrans, which represent autumn, also sensed such changes in climate and seemed to begin to bloom earlier than usual. It seems that the autumn leaves of the trees will be accelerated by this amount.
村雨(Murasame) is a general term for autumn rain that stops immediately after heavy rain. It means “flocked rain” and is also written as “群雨” or ” 叢雨”. 驟雨(Shuuu; flocked rain), 白雨(Hakuu; white rain), and 繁雨(Shibaame; heavy rain) are all Murasame. There are many beautiful names for such rain in Japan. From the end of summer to the beginning of autumn, on days when the temperature and dryness continue, the rain lily grows the flower stalks and blooms when the bulbs are moistened. Early ones came to Japan in the Edo period, and have been popular for a long time under the names of Safuranmodoki(pink rain lily) and Tamasudare(autumn zephyrlily). One flower withers in 2 to 3 days, but it is a cute flower that blooms many times during the off-season.
When I get into the hilly section a little while taking a walk, there are many places where the chestnuts are scattered and the fruits are exposed. Most of them are worm-eaten, so I try to take chestnuts from the tree, but it is out of reach, probably because my predecessor has already taken it. I searched for a dead branch nearby and knocked chestnuts down. I’m trying to put it in the vinyl bag that contained the PET bottle, but chestnuts that are popping can easily bear fruit, but it is difficult for them not to pop. The fitted work gloves are totally useless. Even so, I managed to get enough to cook chestnutrice. I am very satisfied.
I went to a concert of “Travel Musician Mario & Haru” held at an old folk house cafe in Kishiwada City, Osaka. They are unique musicians and based in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture, the hometown of singing songs, 40 kinds of folk instruments packed in his car Rankle, and traveled nationwide and overseas for more than half of the year. And they emphasize the importance of nature and water and the life nurtured by them, and continues to perform concert activities in “Ichi-go-ichi-e(the only chance in a life-time)” according to the situation. When the sound of the Brazilian folk instrument, Berimbau, echoed dignifiedly in the deepening autumn, I felt that everyone’s hearts were condensed into one point.
It is conspicuous that Higanbana(cluster amaryllis), which had been blooming in a flock, has begun to die after the middle day of the Ohigan(the equinoctial week). On that side, several October-cherrie blossoms are in bloom without any noticeable. Where did that momentum in spring go? It is sometimes called crazy blooming, but it is not the case. It is a two-stage cherry blossom that was born from a crossing between Mamezakura and Oshimazakura. In any case, the cherry blossoms at this time cannot be the main characters.
The rice terraces in Asuka, Nara are in the midst of fruit. Scarecrows are standing everywhere, protecting the hanging rice ears from sparrows. At its feet, Higanbana(cluster amaryllis) is blooming bright red flowers as if to support the scarecrow. It is a scene in the midst of fall. Unlike the usual year, there are a few peoples who visit on weekdays. There are a lot of red dragonflies, and they fly slowly in the cool breeze that occasionally blows.
No other flower blooms at the right time like Higanbana(cluster amaryllis). It always blooms just on the Ohigan(equinoctial week) in autumn. The color and shape of the flowers are remarkably different from other flowers, and because they bloom on the Ohigan, they capture the hearts of people even more. While the remnants of summer are still there, it is time to feel the arrival of autumn, so looking at Higanbana deepens the nostalgic feelings and loneliness. There are three people who join the majority. In memory of those people, I cut three Higanbanas and gently poured them into the clear water.
Sanma(Pacific saury) on the market today is a coastal fish by a small boat. Sanma landed in August was 850 tons, the second lowest ever. Looking at the amount of landings over the past three years, 2018 was 8,890 tons, 2019 was 990 tons, and last year 2020 was 170 tons, the lowest ever. The first landed Sanma was 3,780 yen per fish. From now on, Sanma by large boats will be on the market, and the price will be much cheaper, but it will still a poor catch, and last year’s saury catch was 29,566 tons, the lowest ever. Compared to 2008-09, which exceeded 300,000 tons, it is less than one-tenth. It is said that the causes are that due to the recent rise in temperature, the seawater temperature near Japan has risen and Sanma, which prefers cold water, has moved north of Hokkaido, and that large ships from Taiwan and China have advanced into the open sea area and have begun to catch a large amount of Pacific saury. Pacific saury is now changing from cheap and nutritious fish to high-class fish that can only be eaten at high-end restaurants.
This year, the full moon will be reached around 8:55 am on Tuesday, 21st today, and the dates of the harvest moon and the full moon will match. It is the first time in eight years that the dates of the harvest moon and the full moon match. It is said that the moon viewing during the harvest moon was from China during the Heian period, and it was initially a custom only for aristocrats, but it became popular among the common people during the Edo period. On the day of the full moon, Imoni was cooked with taro and served with autumn flowers such as Japanese pampas grass. It is the origin of the harvest moon, which was also called “Imonazuki”. It wasn’t until after that dango（ a kind of dumpling, usually made of rice or wheat flour) was offered and now there are various shapes such as circles and bales depending on the region. In haiku, August 14th and 15th of the lunar calendar are called “Matsuyoi(waiting night)”, and 16th and 17th are called “Izayoi(16th night)”, and the months before and after the famous moon are loved.
Black pearl, more specifically called black pearl pepper, is a plant of the same family as red peppers. The fruit turns black and looks like a black pearl, so it must have been named black pearl. However, the leaves are also black as shown in the photo. The leaves are green when young, but gradually turn black. Purple flowers bloom between the black leaves, and eventually purple fruits are produced, and the fruits change from purple to black-purple to red. Although it is a member of the capsicum, it is only for ornamental purposes and cannot be eaten. By this time of autumn, colorful fruits such as red, yellow, orange, black, and purple are formed between the black leaves, which is very beautiful. It is native to the tropics of South and North America and is also known as the onyx red. Onyx means a black gem, and you may have taken notice of that the fruit changes from black to red.