Feb
14
2012

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Hello. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what day today is, now do I? Yes, it’s February 14th, so it must be Valentine’s Day – also here in Japan! However, Valentine’s Day in Japan might be different from what you are used to! First of all, it’s a Western “holiday” that Japan adopted […]

Feb
3
2012

Setsubun: Bean Throwing Day

Happy “Bean Throwing Day“! “Demons out, Good Fortune in!” – that’s today’s motto as it’s “Setsubun” (節分) today (February 3rd). It’s one of my favorite days of the year, so I thought I’d share it with you and tell you some more about it. Well, what do you do on “Bean Throwing Day”? Yeah, right! […]

Jan
22
2012

Japanese New Year Cards (Nengajo)

Today I want to tell you a little about the custom of sending Japanese New Year Cards, better known as “nengajo” (年賀状). You might think I’m already far too late for that? No, not really and you’ll soon understand why! Now, if you think that Japanese New Year Cards are similar to Christmas Cards, you’re […]

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