Sunday, 28 February 2016

App guide to Japan’s 72 seasons

PLANNING a trip to #Japan, but don’t really know when to go to find the best attractions for the season? Travellers can now log on to an app that divides the year into no fewer than 72 #seasons to help tourists understand the nuances of the changes that take place across the country. 

Named simply as 72 Seasons, the free app highlights periods including Spring Winds Thaw the Ice; The First Peach Blossoms; Damp Earth Humid Heat; and The Maple and the Ivy Turn Yellow.

Unlike conventional weather apps, 72 Seasons features photographs, illustrations, and haiku poem. It was made by the Utsukushii Kurashikata Institute, which focuses on the culture of Japan. It updates every five days.

The 72 seasons have their origins in the 24-season calendar, which can be traced back to ancient times. This system, used in a number of cultures, plotted the path of the sun as a zodiac creating 360 degrees. These were then split into 24 sections of 15 degrees each, equating to periods of 15 days and all given an individual name. It was refined further by the Japanese, who split each section into three, creating the 72-season calendar. Each of these was then given a poetic name to reflect the changes that happen during the period.

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