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Haru Higan

From the 18th of March a week of Spring Higan "The Other Shore" Sutras has started. On the middle day of the week - the 21st, beginning of spring at the same time - the weeping cherry tree opened its first blossoms starting from the lowest branches. It is the Higan time, spring equinox, which corresponds to the autumn equinox, when the ancestors are being remembered. Harada Roshi has been driving from house to house for the last 2 days, reading sutras in front of the family altars. During the autumn equinox all families gather in Sogenji for a common memorial service. Now the cherry blossom time and festival are starting. The sakura in Sogenji being a Higan Sakura is the first one to bloom - it is said that it is especially beautiful when walking underneath it.



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