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72 Seasons

Swallows migrate back from countries in the south. Swallows are a summer bird in Japan, and they dissappear to the south in winter, so the arrival of the swallows is a sign that spring is in full swing and the farming season is about to begin. Long ago, when bird migration was not understood correctly, there were legends that the swallows came from a mythical paradise called Tokoyo no Kuni.
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