The cold has returned. Fukunari-sensei said it is often like this in January and February, back and forth in a teasing game of warm and cold weather. I suppose there is a reason we have a groundhog in America and a reason that the Kansai region began the traditions of Setsubun during this time of year. They are things to keep us occupied as our eyes expectantly look to the horizon of spring. In the end, these wintry returns cannot overcome the passing of time.
I learned a new word today, 近づく, chikazuku, to get closer. 春が近づいています。Haru ga chikazuiteimasu.