About 72 Seasons

72 Seasons is the first ever application based on the ancient Japanese calendar, in which the year is divided into 24 and then 72 separate seasons. "Spring Winds Thaw the Ice", "The First Peach Blossoms", "Damp Earth Humid Heat", "The Maple and the Ivy Turn Yellow". The 72 Seasons app brings you photographs, illustrations, haiku poems and words based on the poetic names of the seasons, each of which depicts a subtle change in the natural world throughout the year. The app updates according to the old 72 season calendar, approximately every 5 days, allowing you enjoy an ancient yet refreshingly new way to feel the year progress, unhindered by precise dates and times.

How to Use

The 72 Seasons app is built on two long scrolls. One lists all 72 seasons across the year, the other is "Today's Season". You can view each with the buttons at the bottom of your screen. Flick the scrolls to move through to the end. The Facebook, Twitter and Email buttons at the bottom of your screen allow you to share the app easily with your friends.


72 Seasons updates in line with the ancient 72 season calendar, approximately every five days. Once a new season starts, you are unable to see the seasons that came before. 72 Seasons will only update if your phone or ipad is connected to the net.

What’s New

Version 1.3.2

fix some bugs

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Kennedyfrogs ,


I feel that we are all happier when we are in tune with the seasons and this is such a beautiful and educational insight to how other cultures and people from times past move with the flow of the seasons. If you are interested in Japanese culture and ways to think about seasons in your climate this is a beautiful app.

JokiGirl ,

This App is a Trove

When I run across such gems as this application, filled with desirous offerings of information presented in a cohesive and very lovely manner, I always say to myself that there ought to be more applications such as these.
This app is a tour of life lived seasonally within Japanese culture. While I am not certain that it does (or does not) represent the way any one individual celebrates life–given that the information provided spans across different prefectures (and speaks to references and traditions from Japanese history, although of course these still touch many people today)–it seems that nature's way of symbolizing the turning of the seasons is pretty universal throughout the country.
Like other reviewers, I would really love to look back at past months, if that could be made a possibility.

these signals ,

Great but would much prefer an English print edition

I love this seasonal calendar. It’s terrific descriptions of the natural world and their relation to the historic human world are both informative and heartbreakingly beautiful.

Because of this, it’s so much more suited to a real world print edition, as opposed to an iphone app. Apparently, there’s a print edition in Japanese but not in English, which makes a lot of sense. But this is too bad.

Such an intellectual and emotional experience as this calendar offers is best left to experiences to be had in the real world. An app on a screen actively prevents this from happening. Which is a shame.

App Privacy

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