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keiro no hi is honor elderly citizens and their service to society

Keiro-no-hi, Respect for the Aged Day is a national holiday, was established in 1966. It was first set on the date of 15th September though it was moved to the 3rd Monday of September to achieve a long weekend since 2003. The day is to express appreciation and gratitude for aged people for decades of their dedication to the family as well as to the society, also to celebrate their health and longevity. Celebration party would be held in the unit of a family or on a community basis with a feast and a gift. Hotels and restaurants offer the ...

How about enjoying autumn in Japan, how about picking up chestnuts?

Chestnut is a symbol of autumn. Japanese love to eat chestnuts cooked with rice, with a touch of sake rice wine and a pinch of salt. That's the specialty food for the autumn season. To obtain really fresh chestnuts though you will have to do a bit of labour; chestnut farms are opened to you. Go there one of the fine autumn days and pick spiny cupules in which two or three ripe chestnuts are contained. Actually, picking up chestnuts is a popular seasonal activity especially for the family with small children. Kindergartens usually include this event in their annual ...

Undo kai: The Most Exciting Event For Children

‘Sports Day' a.k.a. ‘Undo-kai' is a must-do event in schools in every part of Japan. Basically, it's an all-day event which brings the whole family together, not only a core family but even extended family are invited because the day is ‘special'. It's held even in Japanese communities overseas. The event is a combination of fun plays and sports competitions challenged by the children that are divided into the team of two or so. They had spent weeks to prepare and practice to display their efforts. Traditionally, this event has been a symbol of one autumn weekend activity However, with ...

Tsukimi is Events to the moon for celebrate and thank harvest

 

There is an event to appreciate the autumn full moon which is said to have started since Heian period (794-1185). Japanese aristocrats got aboard boats for moon viewing. The event is called ‘Tsukimi' – moon viewing. What noticeable is that what was enjoyed was the moon reflected on the water surface -- or even the surface of the glass they hold -- rather than the actual moon in the sky. Then they enjoyed writing and reciting the poetry. How elegant… isn't it? Now the tradition is not only for aristocrats On the day of the autumn full moon, modern people ...

Juubako lunch box: It is Luxurious and large lacquered boxes used for special occasions.

Obento, a lunch neatly filled in a box to take away is well-known. It is usually a single box. However, when 2 to 5 boxes are piled up in multiple layers, and with a cover, it's called ‘Juubako' - means piled boxes. A lunch filled in a Juubako must be special   Juubako usually carries meals for more than one person while Obento lunch box is usually for a portion for one person. Therefore, Juubako filled lunch is made to be shared, prepared chiefly for the celebratory opportunities such as cherry blossom viewing picnics and an annual family sports day ...

Flea Market in Japan: You might find Treasure

Flea market has been progressively common and popular since 1990's in Japan. You can find notices of the events being held every weekend and holiday here and there. Unlike regular antique markets which are usually taken place in the open space of shrine and temple, flea markets usually take place in public space like park or large parking lot. Used clothes are the major items sold at flea market among the other used items from households. Especially, children's items are the most popular – people prefer to procure such items that are used only for a short period at the ...

The 2nd Sunday in May is Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries of the world, though the date has some variety. The 2nd Sunday of May is the day in Japan as per majority of other countries. Banners and advertisement indicating ‘Thank you Mom!’ will occupy everywhere, with the picture of red, not in any other colour, carnation flowers which is the symbol for Mother’s Day. The first thing people would like to do on the day for their mother shall be offering her a gift The most popular gift is flowers, which convey the gratitude for mothers most straightforwardly; typically a bunch of carnations ...

Koinobori: It seems that fish swimming in the sky is in Japan

If you stroll around the countryside, you would probably see a number of huge colorful fishes made of silky fabric hung on a tall pole, being blown in the fresh air of early summer. Those fishes are called ‘Koinobori’ – streamers in the shape of carp. They will be seen only in the period from April to 5th of May: Children’s Day, the national holiday. Koinobori is the decoration specific for the Children’s Day, which is to celebrate and wish for children’s good health and healthy growth. Koinobori is arranged like a set of a family. From the top of ...

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