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3 things to enjoy during the Japanese Spring

Spring in Japan usually begins at the end of February when temperatures begin to rise slightly and the landscape awakens from its winter slumber. Spring offers many attractions in Japan and different ways to experience the country season. Here are some aspects of the Spring in Japan and its beautiful romantic landscapes and atmosphere that…

Kodomo no Hi, or Flying Carps

Kodomo no Hi What is this? Well, it is “Children’s Day” in Japanese. In Japan, Children’s Day always takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month, and it was a national holiday in Japan since 1948. The Japanese government wants to respect their children’s personalities and celebrates their happiness. Talking about that day,…

Golden Week – An official week of holidays

Each year, there are several official holidays that are set by the government. These have been changing throughout the years, with the biggest changed probably happening after WW2. Some holidays are rather new, like the Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日 Shunbun no Hi) around March 20 (established after WW2) or the Marine Day (海の日 Umi no…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 3

Did you know, that many Japanese festivals are featured in emoticons? If you were wondering what some of the emoji on your phone might be, find out what their Japanese origins are here in this article! Hinamatsuri The doll’s festival is held on March 3rd. Japanese decorate a set of two princes and princesses like…