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Do you eat soba (buckwheat) noodles? In Japan, we eat soba on New Year’s Eve. It has been our custom since Edo period. There are several origin stories. Some say people wish their thin and long lives just like thin and long soba noodles. Others say soba noodles are easily cut and people hope their hardship and debts should also be cut off before the New Year. Either way, we eat soba noodles wishing a happy new year. There are families who cook year-end soba at home as well as ones who order delivery soba. New Year’s Eve is the busiest day of the year for soba restaurants.
Sanuki area in Kagawa prefecture is famous for udon noodles. They eat udon on New Year’s Eve instead of soba and eat another udon on New Year’s Day. Now you know how much they love udon there.
Sunday, December 2nd JLPT
Friday, December 22nd through Monday, January 7th Winter Break
Bear up under the cold weather and do not miss a class.
November might not have much of appeal. October has Halloween and December has Christmas and year-end parties. There are, however, beautiful autumn leaves, ‘Shichi-Go-San’ and ‘Pocky Day’ in November.
‘Shichi-Go-San, 753’ is the day when we celebrate three-year-old and seven -year-old girls and five-year-old boys. It is originally the 15th of November when people visit shrines for ‘Shichi-Go-San’. Since it is quite congested in the shrines around the 15th, many families visit before or after the busy period these days.
A Japanese confectionary manufacturer, Ezaki Glico has been selling chocolate covered stick biscuits, ‘Pocky’, since 1966. Its figure resembles to the number ‘1’, November 11th, 11/11, is called’ Pocky Day’.
On the 3rd Thursday of November, Beaujolais nouveau is released in France. Japanese fans also long for its same day release in Japan.
Sunday, November 11th Examination of Japanese University Admission for International Students
Wednesday, November 28th Term Examination at Asuka gakuin
Thursday, November 29th through Friday, November 30th After-exam Break
Sunday, December 2nd Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Asuka gakuin roots for its students who do their bests.