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  • 執筆者の写真Mariko Oku

第一候 東風解凍 (はるかぜこおりをとく) The first of the 72 weather signs, "Winter Snow is Thawing with a Spring Wind"

Makarita Japanです。


This is Makarita Japan.

It's been a while since I've blogged!




With the first day of spring, I've been reborn as a new person, and I’m starting my bilingual blog with a fresh mind! Thank you for reading my blog.


Well, it's the beginning of a new year as the energy of the earth turns to spring after the cold weather.


The wind that blows at this time of year, heralding spring, is called the "east wind," because in the Yin Yang and the Five Elements, spring is governed by the east.


The easterly wind, which is still cold, caresses my cheeks.



I’ve been working on the English translation of Mariko Ishikawa's book "Bushido for Women".

Today, I came across a wonderful quote from one of my predecessors in her book.




“Japanese people smile even when their hearts are about to burst from pain.”

This is a line from Koizumi Yakumo's book, "The Japanese Smile.”

武士の命の刀と、「武士」の身分まで奪われ、多くを失ったにもかかわらず、武士の心意気を忘れず、明るく立ち向かって生きた明治の日本人の姿が描写されています。 The book describes the Japanese people of the Meiji era who, despite losing much, including the sword of life and the status of "samurai," did not forget the samurai spirit and lived on cheerfully.


The spirit of those people with the pride of warriors, who never forgot to overcome their depression and try to be cheerful, can be a lesson and encouragement for us in this difficult times with the coronavirus issue.


Let us make up our minds to sow the seeds for an ideal future, and prepare to bloom like the buds of a flower that sprouts after enduring the cold.


So enjoy the early spring season:)

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