I wonder where winter goes. I will miss it.
Outside a chiropractic clinic in Nishiogi, I noticed a handwritten sign announcing today, February 18th, as the start of 雨水 (usui), the second stage of the Chinese calendar. Despite it being another freezing cold day, it felt like good news; we are now well into spring.
The two kanji in usui represent water and rain. During this usui period, the sign explained, falling snow turns into rain, and ice melts into water. Fittingly, the weather today was mizore (sleet).
I can`t work out the connection between usui and a chiropractic clinic. I suppose I did tweak my back a little bending down to read the sign. If they had scattered fig rolls on the ground, I`d have happily tweaked it even more.
The best blog posts come with high quality, relevant photographs. Unfortunately, while I have an excellent eye for a pastry, I have a poor one for a photo. So to represent Tokyo in February, please make do with Hirosaki castle in May.