Japan celebrates Mt Fuji Day

The Japanese love Mt.Fuji. In fact, they love the iconic peak that they’ve designated February 23 as Mt Fuji Day.

Mt Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, stands 3,776 metres high on the border between Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures.

The almost perfectly shaped volcano is a national icon, attracting hordes of tourists to Shizuoka Prefecture every year.

Many schools in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture which enjoys good views of Mt Fuji have chosen to close on February 23, which is all the better to take advantage of the free admissions to various public facilities and parks.

It appropriate that Mt Fuji Day is in February as clear skies make it one of the best months to catch sight of the iconic snow-capped peak.

The date – February 23 – also has a special meaning for the royal family.

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Happy Moe Day!!!

“What is Moe Day?”

Moe (もえ・萌え): Literally means “to bud” and is a pun on the homonym “to burn”. It is used among otaku to mean getting fired up for budding young beauties. A character described as moe today is an amalgam of Lolicon and Bishoujo features. Most are infantile and bright and have massive, wet, dog-like eyes. They can seem almost animal-like, alien, or androgynous. The appeal of moe features relates to childlike purity, so it should come as no surprise that moe characteristics tend to be younger than Kawaii Bishoujo schoolgirls. The lolicon image is now considered too “real”, and too sexual, so moe is used instead to define a fantasy love or desire.

Whoa!!! But, why today?

Take a look at the Kanji for the word moe.


Now let’s break them down into their parts…


And now let’s write them out…


And there you have it October 10th is Moe Day! Happy Moe Day!

Respect for the Aged Day

The third Monday in September is Respect for the Aged Day or Respect for the Elderly Day.

It is a kind of like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You go out of your way to be especially respectful to elderly people on this day.
It is something to celebrate that people in Japan can have long lives. In Japan, people celebrate their long lives at each juncture, such as Kanreki.

Kanreki means 60 years-old. The people who become Kanreki celebrate it by wearing a red Chanchanko (a padded sleeveless kimono jacket) and a red hood.

And there are more celebrating years such as Koki (70 years-old), Kiju (77 years-old), Sanju (80 years-old), Beiju (88 years-old), Sotsuju (90 years-old) and Hakuju (99 years-old).

There is no rule of celebrating those years on this day, but it is a good occasion to do so. And of course you can celebrate elderly people who are not of those ages, as well.

You may send a nice card to them or you can take them to a nice restaurant for dinner.

Here is a ranking of things to do.

1.Dinner together
3.Anything to do with their grand children (if you are a grand child, lucky you)
5.Saying thinks and Thank-you cards
6.Trips with their family
8.Gift cards or money
9.Local goods

Research done by goo (July 2009)
Photo by crschmidt