Category Archives: Japanese custom

Japanese Event in Feburary – Setsubun no hi (節分の日)

Japan is a country of many (maturi) festivals. A lot of festivals are associated with the changes in the seasons. What is the Setsubun? Setubun means “the changing of seasons” and the festival to mark the end of Winter and … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts V Japanese New Year’s gifts (otoshidama)

In Western countries, we give not only our children and relative’s children gifts but also give adults gifts as well. In Japan, we have an custom called “otoshidama” We give our children or relative’s children money in special envelops to … Continue reading

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