According to the pre-Gregorian calendar used in Japan, we are now in the period known in Japanese as "Usui" (light rain).
The period began on Wednesday February 19.
Usui is one of the 24 periods that make up the year in the solar calendar.
It begins when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 330° and will end when it reaches the longitude of 345°.
According to the modern calendar it will last until 5 March.
At that point, "Keichitsu" (啓蟄) - when hibernated insects begin to awake - starts.
It is cold in Kyoto, but according to the weather Gods at NHK next week will bring temperatures in the mid-teens (around 60 F).
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