Mother's Day is obviously also celebrated in Japan. It takes place on May's second Sunday, as in most countries of the world. This is not a holiday but on a Sunday, the Japanese don't work and can celebrate this day as families.

Here are the dates of Mothers' day in Japan for years to come:

  • May 10, 2015
  • May 8, 2016
  • May 14, 2017
  • ...

In Japanese, it is called 母の日 haha no hi, also meaning "Mother's day" (in Japan, almost all celebrations on specific days end with " 's day").

This commemoration in Japan began on to March 6, 1931, Empress Kojun's brithday (she was the mother of Emperor Akihito). In 1949, it was decided to calibrate the date of Mother's Day as in the U.S., and officially declared a national day in Japan.

As elsewhere in the world, children give presents to their mom on this special Sunday. Traditionally, they offer flowers: red carnations, symbol of purity and sweetness.

Mother's Day is also associated with Japanese culinary specialties (ah, Japanese cuisine, you'll never change!). This time, it revolves around the egg:

  • Tamagoyaki: Japanese rectangular omelette
  • Chawanmushi: custard egg, usually served with chicken or shrimp

Happy mother's day to all mothers in the world! ;-)

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