The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month

The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month was the date of the Sweet-flag (ayame 菖蒲) festival, when sweet-flags were hung from the eaves of houses in the capital to pray for long life and health. In fact, Sanekata is indulging in some poetic license here, as Atsu’akira was actually born on the 9th day of the Fifth Month.

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