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.