One of the 24 Seasons of the Old Calendar, Taisho, and Shokibarai
One of the 24 seasons in the lunar calendar “taisho” is starting on the 22nd. It is the hottest period of the year.
“Shokibarai” refers to taking measures to get relief from the heat. A wind chime that makes a cool tinkling sound in the breeze. A hand-held fan that generates wind. Shutting off sunlight by training vines on the window or wall that provides a sunshade. Eating food that cools down body heat, such as watermelon and somen noodles, is another idea.
Select a refreshing-looking vessel if having cold sake is your choice. You may enjoy summer evenings even more if you can feel the coolness through the five physical senses.