“Harukasumi” ~The four beautiful seasons of Japanese (Part 3)~

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3"HarukasumiSnow is falling on the mountains of Yoshino, Miyoshino Miyoshino.'' (Yomi no Hitoji)

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “a typical sign of the arrival of spring”?
Many people might mention ``ume'' or ``Japanese warbler.'' In waka poetry, ``kasumi'' is added to this.
Instead of snow, you can see the mist hanging over the mountains, and spring has finally arrived! That's what I feel.

In the song, it's spring (according to the calendar), so where is the haze? It's still snowing on Mt. Yoshino...
I'm lamenting the fact that I can't really feel the spring yet.

By the way, Mt. Yoshino is famous for its cherry blossoms, but it is often referred to as a ``snow famous place'' in Kokin waka anthologies.

(Written by Uchida Engaku, a poet)
→“Beautiful list of four seasons in Japanese

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