【英語で文化】日本の「年中行事」を英語で説明しよう☆Annual Events Part 2

投稿日:12/01/2019 更新日:

Writer: Annaliese





A ceremony held on February 3rd, the day before spring, in which people scatter roasted soy beans in order to drive away goblins and draw in happiness. People collect up and eat an amount of beans that corresponds to their age, expressing the wish for good health.




This has become an important day, particularly for young people. In Japan, women give chocolate to men to express their affection.




Families with daughters celebrate March 3rd by displaying hina dolls on a stepped shelf to express the wish for their daughters' good health and growth. The dolls are dressed in gorgeous kimono modeled after those worn by women in the ancient Haian court. Hina (Empress) and dairi (Emperor) sit on the top shelf, followed by sannin-kanjo (three ladies of the court), gonin-bayashi (five court musicians), zuishin (escorts) and eji (guards). Diamond-shaped rice cakes, sweets and white sake are also displayed.


【英語で文化】ひな祭りを英語で説明しよう☆Doll's Festival


People enjoy outdoor parties under the cherry blossoms in early April. They sit on mats under the cherry trees, eating, drinking, singing cheerfully and viewing the blossoms.




A vacation that begins at the end of April and lasts until the beginning of May. Many national holidays are concentrated together during this week. Tourist resorts are crowded during this week, and recently foreign travel has increased.




May 5th, also called "Boys' Festival", is a day to celebrate the healthy growth of children. Families with boys display a helmet replica or samurai dolls inside the house, and fly koinobori (carp streamers) outside. The carp is through to be a lucky fish symbolizing success in life.


Chimaki (a rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves) and kashiwamochi (rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf with sweet azuki beans inside) are the special treat on this day.


【英語で文化】日本の「年中行事」を英語で説明しよう☆Annual Events Part 1


On the second Sunday of May, many people present red carnations and gifts to mothers with love and thanks, praying for their health and happiness.




The third Sunday of June is Father's Day. Presents are given to fathers to express thanks and respect.




【英語で文化】日本の「年中行事」を英語で説明しよう☆Annual Events Part 3








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