Sankan Shion

三寒四温 [さんかんしおん] – the alternation of three cold and four warm days

  • 三 [サン・みつ] – three
  • 寒 [カン・さむい] – cold
  • 四 [シ・よ・よつ・よっつ・よん] – four
  • 温 [オン・あたたかい] – warm

This saying describes how winter transitions into spring, with alternating cold and warm days.

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