Holidays in Japan

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Golden Week: What Are These Holidays?

Ever wonder about the history of Golden Week's holidays?

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Everything You Need to Know About Hinamatsuri

March 3 is a special day for girls in Japan as they celebrate Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll's Festival. This is a day to pray for young girl's health and happiness.

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Understanding Valentine’s Day and White Day in Japan

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day and White Day in Japan?

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Culture

What the Heck is Setsubun?

A deep dive into this delightfully devilish Japanese holiday signaling the coming of spring.

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Culture

Japanese New Year Traditions: 10 Ways to Celebrate Like a Local

Put those pajamas on and settle in for a proper o-shogatsu—Japanese style.

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Nengajo: How to Send a Japanese New Year Postcard


Living in Japan or know somebody who does? Here’s how to send a nengajo and win culture points for 2021!

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The True Story of Why People in Japan Eat KFC at Christmas

Last year, KFC Japan earned a record-breaking ¥6.9 billion from December 21 to 25. So what's the deal with "Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!"?

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Five Japanese Gag Gift Ideas for Christmas 2019

This nation was made for white elephant parties.

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Learn

How to Ask for Time Off in Japanese

It can be a tricky business asking for time off in a Japanese workplace. Try these useful phrases.

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Explore

Golden Week 2019: Make the Most of This Year’s Super-Sized Break

Day trips, overnight stays or something longer, here are three “Platinum” Week options.

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Learn

A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese celebrations using them, plus some go-to phrases.

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10 Unique Low-Cost Japanese Presents to Send Home for the Holidays

Simple ideas for presents that capture the fun of Japan.

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