White Day Explained

Come to Japan at the end of February and you will see shelves of chocolates, gifts and flowers laid out at the front of stores. “Hang on,” you might say to yourself.

Hinamatsuri: Girls' Day

One of the most colourful and special traditions of Japan takes place on March 3rd, and it is known as the Dolls' Day, Girls' Day or Hinamatsuri (雛祭り). A day to celebrate and think about happiness and good health, as praying for a good future, of all young girls in Japanese families.

Happy Valentine's Day from Japan!

We have all noticed the increase in sweetness these days. We have all stopped by the shelves and had a look at the different packaging. We have all started to think about whom to give sweets to. We have all wondered why so early.

Japanese New Year's decorations and crowds before a temple

New Year's Cards: Karuta and Hanafuda

For many families, the bonding and togtherness aspects of New Year’s culminate in gathering around the kotatsu, a low, heated table, watching t.v., eating, drinking, and playing games. The two most common, and perhaps most traditional games are Karuta and Hanafuda.

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