Exploring Japan's 72 Seasons (June)

Exploring Japan's 72 Seasons (June)

Hello everyone,I'm Keko from the online staff.

I'm excited to share with you the enchanting world of Japan's 72 micro-seasons as we step into June. In Japan, we cherish the subtle changes in nature, dividing the year into these micro-seasons, each lasting about five days.

This allows us to appreciate the fleeting beauty of our surroundings and align our lives with the rhythm of nature.

Let’s dive into the micro-seasons of June and discover how they influence our daily tea rituals.

June Micro-Seasons

梅子黄 (Ume no Mi Kibamu) - "Plum Fruits Turn Yellow" 

The plums begin to ripen, signaling the start of summer. This is a wonderful time to make **Umeshu**, a Japanese plum wine, or simply enjoy **Ume Konbucha**, a kelp tea with pickled plum, to celebrate this transition.


乃東枯 (Natsukarekusa Karuru) - "The Midsummer Grass Withers" 

When the early summer grass begins to wither, we notice that the cycle of life is in full swing. Roasted hojicha tea provides a pleasant warmth during this introspective time.


菖蒲華 (Ayame Hana Saku) - "Iris Flowers Bloom"

The elegant iris flowers come into bloom, adding a touch of grace to the landscape. Enjoying a cup of **Matcha** while viewing these flowers can be a meditative experience, connecting you deeply with the season.


半夏生 (Hange Shozu) - "Halfway to the Summer Solstice" 

As we approach the midpoint of summer, it is time to experience the high energy of the season. Genmaicha, a blend of green tea and roasted brown rice, goes well with light summer meals.

June Recommendations

Whether it's the refreshing Sencha during the peony bloom or the comforting Hōjicha as the grasses wither, there's a perfect tea for every moment.



As we journey through June, let's take a moment each day to notice the subtle shifts in nature and celebrate them with a mindful tea ritual. These small moments of connection with the seasons enrich our lives and deepen our appreciation for the natural world.

Thank you for joining me on this exploration of Japan's 72 micro-seasons. I look forward to sharing more seasonal delights with you next month.

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