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Don’t Miss Out on These 2 Interesting Events in Japan This December 2017!

December is just a few weeks away and many people are already excited about Christmas. Though the Christmas season is not a major event in Japan, it has been gaining recognition in the recent years. Aside from Christmas, there are other things in Japan that you should be looking forward to in the month of…

Does Everyone Take Part in the Annual Day Off for Japanese Housewives?

Do you know that a large percentage of the Japanese population is comprised of housewives? Housewives in Japan are expected to do a lot of cooking and cleaning, which becomes even more taxing when their children and husbands are at home. To give them the much-needed rest they deserve, Sankei Living Shimbun (サンケイリビング新聞), an internet…

What You Need to Know About “Oyako Day” (Parent-And-Child Day)

Foodies who love Japanese cuisine will definitely have heard of the “oyako don” (chicken and egg rice bowl) before. As can be deduced from its ingredients – chicken and eggs – “oyako” is a Japanese phrase that literally means “parent and child,” hence the name for this dish. But have you come across the term…

The Meaning Behind 4 of Japan’s National Holidays

Just like any other country in the world, Japan has many holidays and festivities that are celebrated each year. These are the best times for tourists to visit the country so they are sure to enjoy and learn more about the rich Japanese culture and tradition. These holidays are spent with enthusiasm and joy by…

Japanese National Foundation Day and the History Behind It

Every country has at least one National Holiday commemorating the day the country was founded or the day the country became glorified etc. Japan has been sovereign and isolated throughout its history. It is believed that the foundation of Japan has taken place some two thousand years ago by its first Emperor named Jimmu. The…

Overworked? Japanese Holidays to the rescue!

Japanese people have a reputation for working very long hours with only a few paid holidays. However, what most people tend to overlook is that Japan has relatively generous national holidays mandated by the government, which allow most of the Japanese workforce to take well-deserved breaks throughout the year. In Japan, there are 15 national…

Yama-no-Hi: The Most Recent Public Holiday in Japan

With several people overworking in Japan, the government has declared another national holiday come 2016. It will be called “Mountain Day” or “Yama-no-Hi” in Japanese. This will be celebrated annually every 11th of August and is considered to be the 16th annual holiday in the country. This celebration was created in order for people to…

Obon: The Week You Should Avoid When Planning a Trip in Japan

O-Bon Season O-bon usually takes place during August 13th to 16th every year. O-bon is the time for the Japanese to commemorate their ancestors’ spirits. It is said that the ancestors’ spirits return to this world in order to visit their living relatives. Traditionally, lanterns made from traditional Japanese paper are hung at the door…

Japanese Happy Monday System, or Why So Many Holidays Fall on Mondays

Karo-shi (過労死 かろうし)which literally means to “work oneself to death”, is just the extreme of overworking in Japan, particularly among Japanese “salarymen”. Not everyone in Japan endangers his or her life with work, but with frequent nights of working overtime and only little paid holidays, it is not surprising to note, that Japan has one…

Mountain Day – A new Holiday to come in 2016

Japan is adjusting a lot when it comes to holidays. For instance, the previous Emperor is honoured by the Holiday “Shōwa Day” (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi). The holiday used to be celebrated as the Emporer’s Birthday till 1989, when the Emperor Shōwa Hirohito died. But Showa Day did not become Showa Day right after his…