The Winds of Spring / 春に吹く風
Last week I was talking with one of the Japanese teachers and we were complaining about how cold it was. I quite like winter, but it's been much colder than usual. We were both talking about how we are excited for spring. We like spring because it's not hot - it's warm. The cherry blossoms are starting to bloom and the evenings are brighter for longer.
She told me about haruichiban - the first wind of spring. I was surprised because we have a similar idiom in English. We say 'March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb'. March is the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It starts with strong winds (just like Japan) and then becomes calm like a little lamb. It's interesting to me that both Japan and Ireland have the same idea about spring even though we are two very different countries!
I hope you enjoy spring, and take care of your hay fever!!