The Winds of Spring / 春に吹く風

2018.5.16 [Language Center Blog] 教職員  担当: Sinéad O’ Connor

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!!
春を楽しんでくれると良いなと思う。そして花粉症には気をつけて!  Translated by H.K 中3