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FYJ Journal

Obon, time to honor ancestors

Aug. 13, 2017 Obon is an occasion when we, Japanese people, are reunited with the relatives, visit and clean the family’s graves and honor the spirits of the ancestors. Generally obon is from August 13th […]


Gozan no Okuribi (Daimonji)

Annual Event with Five Mountains August 16th is a special day in Kyoto. In the evening, giant bonfires are lit calmly on five mountains. These mountains are collectively called ‘gozan‘ and this event is formally […]


Quiz in May

Q. Which is traditional Japanese confectionery that people in Tokyo (Eastern Japan) eat on May 5th? hint: This has been eaten in Eastern Japan, and the other one, in Western Japan. In history of Eastern […]


Today’s Demon

Feb. 3, 2017 Today is Setsubun when people in Japan wish for good luck and drive away evil spirits. We eat lucky sushi rolls, and throw beans at someone wearing a demon mask.