〜First day of spring and the year  裏から見ても〜

According to the old lunar calendar, today falls on the first day of spring 立春 or literally “spring season stands up”.  In old times the day did not only mean the beginning of spring but the first day of the year, as well.  Therefore, people valued the phrase, 立春大吉 or “excellent luck on the first day of spring” when praying for the welfare of the people and the society.  As these four characters of the phrase are all bilaterally symmetric, it looks just the same when seen from behind, which I once read, makes the phrase somewhat mysterious.

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If you have a favorite character or phrase that you would like me to write, please let me know by sending it (them) to my address, chio_art@yushokai.com

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今日は立春で、これは暦の上での春であり、古くは新年の始まりとされ、この日に人々や社会の幸せを祈るという意味の「立春大吉」が縁起がいいとされます。この四文字は左右対称で、裏から見ても同じように見えるということで、ある種の神秘性が生まれるのだとの説も読んだことがあります。

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さて、私の書で見てみたいと思われるお好きな字や、言葉などがありましたら、chio_art@yushokai.com宛にお教えください。

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