Setsubun

On February 3rd, Japan celebrated Setsubun. I got a variety of different answers about what this holiday signifies depending on who I asked about it. Put simply, it’s a holiday marking the day that spring officially begins according to the lunar calendar. (I’ll tell you one thing, though—it is NOT spring yet!!) As with all…

Shichi-Go-San

I’m not very comfortable explaining Japanese traditions. I certainly have no expertise in the area. On November 15th it was Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three). This is a day specially set aside to celebrate children who turn seven, five, and three. Most people celebrate it on the weekend, however, and not on the actually day. To be honest…