Toji: the winter solstice

The year is divided into 24 periods in Japan. This culture originated in China. Each period lasts almost two weeks, and each has its own name. Today, from 12/22 to around 1/5, is the 22nd seasonal solar term, “Toji(winter solstice).” Toji is the shortest period of the year from sunrise to sunset in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the period of the year with the shortest day and longest night.

In the past, the Chinese had a more detailed view of the changing seasons than just the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. The 24 milestones were used as indicators to prepare for the future throughout the year, as a guide for sowing and harvesting in agriculture, and as a preparation for when diseases and other problems were likely to occur. In modern times, the period of Toji is marked by various events such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. It is considered a period of extreme cold, fatigue, and pronounced mood swings in addition to the busyness of the year-end season. Therefore, we believe that it is important to keep warm during this time of the year.

In Japan, people take a Yuzu-Yu(citrus bath) to protect their bodies from cold. In a Yuzu bath, the whole Yuzu is placed in the bath as it is, or the peel is floated in the bathtub. The refreshing aroma of Yuzu can brighten a depressed mood and stabilize mental health. Non-edible Yuzu for bathing are sold in supermarkets this time of year. And we often eat “pumpkin stew” during this season. It is said that pumpkin is good to eat because it warms the body and improves the digestive system.

We learned the art of curing illness by capturing the seasons from  traditional Chinese medical science.

Manzai: Japanese Standup ComedyPrev

Today is the last day of work for the year!Next

Related post

  1. Cultures

    Japanese School Bags, Randoseru

    The new school year in Japan begins in April. Newly enrolled elementary school students in April carry their new school bags, randoseru, to their scho…

  2. Cultures

    Do Japanese People Still Wear Masks?

    Yes. Most Japanese still wear masks. Let me explain why this is so from my personal Japanese point of view.I wear a mask from the standpoint of prev…

  3. Cultures

    July 7, What Do You Do in Your Country?

    In Asian countries, it is apparently common to hold some kind of festival on July 7. In Japan, this day is called "Tanabata". Derived from Chinese myt…

  4. Cultures

    The New Year’s Fire Ritual

    Have you gotten out of the New Year's mood yet? On January 15, there was an event that concludes the New Year period from the end of the year to today…

  5. Japan's Culture Day


    Japan’s Culture Day

    November 3, today is Culture Day, a national holiday.According to the law, in Japan, there are 16 national holidays in a year, and each of t…

  6. Illustration of a girl in a Halloween costume in Shibuya


    Costume Regulations for Halloween Events Learning from the Comic Market

    Halloween season is here again this year but this event sometimes causes trouble to the community. It is true that for the last few years, Halloween…