According to the pre-Gregorian calendar used in Japan, April 5 is the beginning of "Seimei" (bright and clear).
It follows "Keichitsu" (啓蟄) - when hibernated insects begin to awake.
Seimei is one of the 24 periods that make up the year in the solar calendar. Swallows are said to return in this period.
The cherry blossoms were in full bloom for most varieties around April 1 (not though for the Omuro Zakura, at Ninnaji Temple, which always come out 2-3 weeks later).
Today is a glorious day in Kyoto, and the cherries are just about perfect.
To welcome the season, we will be cycling Awajishima Island this weekend.
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