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半夏生(はんげしょう)と半化粧/What's hangesho?


Annually around July 2nd is called "hangesho" in Japanese language.


The accurate date is 11 days after the summer solstice. Hangesho fell on July 1st in 2020 and falls on July 2nd 2020.


Between the solstice and hangesho is the season of rice planting.


And at the same time, one plant flourishes.


Have you seen Chinese Lizard Tail? It's called "hangesho." Notice here, the season's name hangesho and the plant's name hangesho is the same.


I like this plant because it's very charming. You will see two or three leaves on top are white.

半夏生/ Hangesyo


The way how it turns to be white is as if ladies making up just half of their face, which is said "半化粧 (hangesho) -- half make-up" in Japanese. Then, the season's name is also the same pronunciation, so we started to use the same Chinese character 半夏生 in stead of half make-up.


Ryosokuin at Kenninji Temple is very famous for the garden with the plants.

建仁寺両足院/ Ryosokuin at Kenninji Temple


Now it the best timing to visit. If it rains, it becomes more beautiful with the vivid contrast of green and white.

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