In Japan there are a lot nuances in winter and I love to share their ideas here with you. Shoukan(less cold) fall on the 15th day after Touji(winter solstice). It is on about January the 6th. Kan(cold season) continues from Shoukan to the day before of Risshun(the first day of spring). So they (the Japanese) refer to the period of these 30 days as Kan-no-uchi(midwinter) from Kan-no-iri(beginning of midwinter) to Kan-ake(the end of cold season). Daikan(great cold) is on the 15th day, around January 20th after Shoukan. It is by far the coldest through the year. It is wrong to refer to these 15 days between Shoukan and Daikan as Shoukan. Either Shoukan or Daikan shows only one day of the twenty four designated seasonal days.
Winter in e.g. The Netherlands is mostly, starting to become cold, December; very cold, mid-winter, January and last but not least, February is less cold and spring is near.
|Credits: Epiphany (Dutch website)|
skating in bright sunlight -
wise men on their way
Hm ... not a strong one, but I think it's a great scene to go with Shoukan (less cold).