Saturday, December 4, 2021

文化

CULTURE

From omotenashi and kimono to anime and cosplay, explore the fascinating world of Japan’s cultures and subcultures as well as the intricate aspects of Japanese traditions and customs.

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS

Enjoy the calendar of the four seasons Japan has many beautiful four seasons and the blessings of nature from time to time. Let's enjoy the beautiful four seasons of Japan

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS: Shichigosan

Chitose Ame (‘Thousand year candy’) are presented to children on this day as a symbol of longevity. text & coordination/ Rieko Ido, photo/ Hajime Watanabe
Japanese reiwa era

Understanding the Japanese Eras and Calendar

For westerners, keeping track of the different eras in Japan can be a confusing ordeal. How long is an era in Japan exactly? That depends. Japan’s system of counting years in groups era names creates varying lengths because eras begin each time a new emperor takes the throne. The first year of the new era name is called the nengo.

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS:Hachiju-hachiya

This is where Hachiju-hachiya comes in. It falls on or about 2 May, eighty-eight days after Risshun. This date had a very practical role in agriculture. Weather in early spring is fickle, but there are actually few instances of frost after May 2nd, and Hachiju-hachiya became a catchy way to notify Edo-era farmers that it was safe to plant rice seedlings as well as to harvest tea.