East wind melts the ice
East wind melts the ice
Fish emerge from the ice
Fish emerge from the ice
Grass sprouts, trees bud
Grass sprouts, trees bud

Grass sprouts, trees bud

草木萌動
Sōmoku mebae izuru

Mists start to linger
Mists start to linger
Hinernating insects surface
Hinernating insects surface

Hibernating insects surface

蟄虫啓戸
Sugomori mushito o hiraku

First peach blossom
First peach blossom
Sparrows start to nest
Sparrows start to nest
First sakura blossom
First sakura blossom
Distant thunder; Kaminari sunawachi koe o hassu, March 31-April 4
Distant thunder; Kaminari sunawachi koe o hassu, March 31-April 4
Swallows return. Tsubame kitaru;  玄鳥至 April 5-9
Swallows return. Tsubame kitaru; 玄鳥至 April 5-9

Swallows return

玄鳥至
Tsubame kitaru

April 20-24
April 20-24

First reeds sprout

葭始生
Ashi hajimete shōzu

February 24–28
February 24–28

Mists start to linger

霞始靆
Kasumi hajimete tanabiku

March 11-15
March 11-15

First peach blossoms

桃始笑
Momo hajimete saku

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April 30–May 4
April 30–May 4

Peonies bloom

牡丹華
Botan hana saku

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April 15–19
April 15–19

First rainbows

虹始見
Niji hajimete arawaru

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Warm winds blow. Atsukaze itaru, July 7-11
Warm winds blow. Atsukaze itaru, July 7-11
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Cool winds blow
Cool winds blow
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