Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Equinox, Higan (彼岸)in Japan;

Short Post about Fall Equinox in Japan.
 Tomorrow '23nd' is called Higan(彼岸)in Japan.
This flower is called Higan-bana (higan-flower) as it blooms around this season.
(Picture from last year)

We consider around this time of year, the celebration of seasonal change typical of an agricultural society. We have a saying "Atsusa samusa mo Higan made" ("Heat and cold last until Higan").
Based on the Buddhist teaching, Equinox is also called Higan(on the other side of the shore, the other world) no Chu-Nichi in Japanese, as is fall Equinox on September 23rd. We visit our family tombs on this day in the middle of the week of Higan to pay our respects to our ancestors, offer flowers, lit the incense.

I'll visit grave yard both sides (my husband's and mine) and eat Ohagi (rice ball covered with sweet red bean paste) which my mother made for us to offer family alter. 
I'm sure our ancestors are visiting us and smiling at us. Special day to think about our past ones♪ (quoted largely from former years post)

ps. I had been struggling big problems for my new pc and had been contacting with TOSHIBA and Microsoft (especially for picture files and WORD). Whew... I hope this post will work properly.  So sorry; I may be able to visit you after I come back from graves.

Thank you very much for stopping by;


  1. Miyako, you have so many lovely traditions to honor family. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a wonderful Equinox! Hugs from Texas

  2. I love learning about your culture. So interesting! Hope you have a fantastic week!

  3. Oh, my dear friend, what a lovely way to honor our loved ones who have already passed on. I will be thinking of some of mine in honor of this wonderful day. I hope you get your pc problems cleared up soon. That can be frustrating!

  4. Higan-bana is always blooming around this season and I knew there are white and pink higan-bana. I will also visit our ancestors' grave with my husband.
    Have a nice day!

  5. sorry for the computer troubles. i do like your tradition of honoring those passed at this season's change. those lilies look similar to what we call oxblood, i think.

  6. I am definitely sure your ancestors are visiting and smiling at you. :) Hope there are no more pc problems!

  7. How interesting to read about traditions related to autumn!! Have a great week!

  8. Beautiful photo, Orchid...and so interesting to learn about Equinox and your visit to the gravesites. I hope you all have a very good fall, and are blessed with no more tragedies and hard times.

    I'm with you, wish I have been able to get a photo of our bat visitor. :-)

  9. Dearest Miyako,
    So sorry for your PC problems... Not a good ending of the summer for you. Let's hope the fall will start better and that your problems will get resolved soon.
    From our kitchen bay window we are viewing the very same red 'higan' flowers! They are so funny as in the spring only the foliage will show. Than come the end of summer, early fall, ONLY flowers emerge on tall stems, without any foliage. Mysterious in a way.
    Sending you hugs and hope the fall Equinox on September 23 will go well. Fond memories is what you keep forever!

  10. Hi Miyako San!
    Today is Fall equinox higan -bana flower Atsusa samusa mo higan desune.
    tombs day eat ohagi sweet red bean paste.
    Not worid about for picture Only we are thinking about ours happy family heart.
    Have a nice day with Otosan!

  11. What lovely and meaningful traditions, Miyako. I always learn something new about Japanese culture here

  12. A lovely post -- It is wonderful that you have so many special ways to remember and honor your family . My mother's birthday was th 18th, she would have been 104. We never forget do we? But I envy the ways you have to show your love and that you remember; in our newer country too many traditions have been lost over time (and everybody moves so much here). ...

  13. Sempre tão lindas tuas palavras nos falando daí! bjs tudo de bom,chica

  14. What lovely tradition, dear Miyako! I love learning about Japanese culture!Greetings and hugs from Romania! :)