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Wagashi Calendar: Ohinagashi in March

With the arrival of March, the weather is slowly getting warmer as spring approaches. In the kyuureki, March is known as Yayoi (弥生) which is said to originate from the saying kikusaiyaohi zuki (木草弥や生ひ月) that means the month when the grass and trees are about to grow thickly. The term Yayoi was believed to be…

Wagashi Calendar: Yakuyoke Manju in February

February, being in the midst of winter, is typically a cold month when people are decked out in thick coats wherever they venture outdoors. Kisaragi (如月), the name for this month in the kyuureki, reflects this fact as it is a homonym of the term 衣更着 which means to put on additional clothes in this…

Wagashi Calendar: Maruyubeshi in December

As we are now in the middle of the last month of the year, let’s find out more about December which is known as shiwasu (師走) in the calendar (kyuureki) and the signature wagashi eaten during this period! The Meaning of Shiwasu (師走) Although the word shiwasu refers to December in the kyuureki, the period…

Wagashi Calendar: Kirizansho in November

History In the Kyuureki (旧暦) which is also called the lunisolar calendar, November was previously called Shimotsuki (霜月). As the name suggests, this is the month when frost falls as the weather gets colder with each passing day. There are also other names which also refer to November although they may not be as commonly…

Plan the Perfect Holiday by Checking Out Japan’s 72 Microseasons!

When a foreigner asks how many seasons there are in Japan, the most common response is four: spring, summer, fall, and winter. But, did you know that Japan has 24 major seasons with 72 microseasons? Traditional Japanese Calendar   Yes, the Japanese calendar is divided into 24 major divisions that mark the passing of each…

Wagashi Calendar: Japanese Sweets and When to Expect Your Favourites

Before the year 1873 in the 6th year of the Meiji era, the calendar system used in Japan was called the kyuureki (旧暦) which is literally translated as “old calendar” or also known as the lunisolar calendar. Despite the prevalence of the Gregorian calendar these days, the kyuureki is still widely used for traditional festivals…

How to Write Dates in the Japanese Calendar

Do you know how to write the date in Japanese? It is not that easy, considering that there are various ways to state the date. Though standards are being introduced, some countries have different orders. In Europe, i.e. the date starts with the day, then the month and last the year. June 20th, 2015 would…