Anyway....for tea-lovers, it is the time to count 88!
The 88th day counting from risshun is a special ‘tea day’ known as hachiju-hachiya (literally, “eighty-eight night”). It is believed that drinking green tea made from tea leaves picked on hachiju-hachiya will bring you good health for the year. Tea festivals are annually held at tea-producing areas including Kyoto and Shizuoka on the day.
Hachiju-hachiya in 2014 is on May 2. Let's count together! :-)