Winter is coming

The coldest day of the season in Okinawa was observed on Dec. 9th when the temperature dropped to 14.4 degrees centigrade at 9:08 a.m. in Oku, Kunigami Village in the northernmost part of the island.

In Naha on the same day, the temperature was 17 degrees at 7:52 a.m.

According to the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory this is the long-time average temperature of an ordinary year but forecasts the temperature will shift higher than annual average for the winter.

In mainland Japan, a strong cold front up north has brought, the first snow in Fukui and Kyoto prefectures. The Old Man Winter, Fuyusho-gun (冬将軍) in Japanese, is definitely coming.

Traditionally, Okinawan people place rice cakes on the home altar on Dec. 8th of the lunar calendar. It’s also the time to eat muuchii and pray for good health and safety of one’s family. It’s also the coldest time of the year and called muuchii-biisa(ムーチービーサー). Lunar Dec. 8 will be January 13th, 2019.