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April, 2018
2018-04-02
 When did April become the start of school in Japan?
   It is said that children first started to go to private schools held at shrines in Edo Period. They did not exactly determine the first day of school then and pupils were admitted all year round. Around the beginning of Meiji Period, they followed the West and September became the start of school year. Later on, according to the terms of fiscal year of England, which was the center of developed countries, Japanese government determined to start its fiscal year on the first of April. Elementary schools followed this rule and began to start school year in April. In Taisho Period, all high schools and universities followed them.
   Let’s see when schools start in other countries.
January…Singapore
March…Korea
May…Thailand
June…Philippines
September…USA, Canada, England, France, Belgium, Turkey, Mongolia, Russia, China, Vietnam
 
April 4th    the First Day of New School Year
Asuka Gakuin fully supports its students who do their best in Japan.
 
March, 2018
2018-03-01
  March 21st is the Vernal Equinox Day, when the lengths of the day and the night are equal. Ohigan is the weeks surrounding the Vernal Equinox Day and the Autumnal Equinox Day to hold Buddhistic memorial services for the ancestors.
 The offerings at Ohigan period is nothing but “Bota-mochi” or “Ohagi”. These are the same thing but called in different names. At vernal Ohigan, we call it “Bota-mochi”. Bota is from Botan, a peony, which blooms in spring. At autumnal Ohigan, we eat “Ohagi”. Hagi is a bush clover and it is beautiful in autumn.
 
Friday, March 9th           Graduation Ceremony of Asuka Gakuin
Tuesday, Marchi 20th through Tuesday, April 3rd     Spring Break
 
Asuka Gakuin celebrates its graduates and wishes them happy futures.  
 
February, 2018
2018-01-31
“Valentine’s Day of Japanese style” is one of the events that private companies started. It is the day when women give men chocolate with love. It can be called a national event now since the 20% of annually consumed chocolate is purchased on this day. In Japan, Valentine’s Day began to be popular around 1958 and gained a foothold in late 1970’s. It is said a confectionary company in Oota ward first devised an idea of giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day.
 There are some names in chocolate gifts according to the sender’s purpose. “Honmei choco” is be-my-Valentine chocolate to confess how a sender feels. “Giri choco” is a an obligatory chocolate gift and “Tomo choco” is sent and received among friends, usually girls. When a guy gives a girl chocolate, it is called “Gyaku choco” meaning reversed chocolate. There even is reward chocolate called “Gohoubi choco” to reward yourself.  Will you give or receive chocolate, too?
 
Monday, February 12th      Substitute holiday of National Foundation Day
Wednesday, February 21st   Term Exam
Thursday, February 22nd and Friday, February 23rd   No School
 
Asuka Gakuin is now accepting application forms for July admission. Looking forward to seeing you all.
 
January, 2018
2017-12-27
It’s the New Year. The New Year’s Day is a national holiday and its purpose is to celebrate the beginning of the year. Do you know the difference between ‘Ganjitsu’ and ‘Gantan’? “Gantan” actually means the morning of the New Year’s Day. The Chinese character of “gan” means the beginning and that of “tan” consists of the sun and a line underneath meaning the sun rising just above the horizon early in the morning. Therefore, “Gantan” originally means the morning of the New Year’s Day. Now it is commonly used just as the same as “Ganjitsu”, the New Year’s Day.
Monday, January 1st     New Year’s Day
Monday, January 8th     Coming-of-Age Day (national holiday)
Tuesday, January 9th     School starts.
 Write down your New Year’s resolution on a piece of paper and post it on the wall. It is said a dream comes true once it is written on paper. Give it a try.
 
Dec, 2017
2017-12-01
 December’s other name in Japanese is Shiwasu. ‘Shi’ is teacher and ‘wasu’ is to run in Chinese characters. It is often believed to be the original meaning that even calm teachers run for errands during this busy month.
   In December, we have Christmas, year-end cleaning and the watch-night bell. People ring the bells from the late New Year’s Eve through the early New Year’s Day at shrines all over the country. In Yokohama, however, the whistle of the New Year’s Eve is symbolic. Hikawamaru at Yamashita Park and many other ships at the port welcome the beginning of the New Year by whistling at midnight. People, on the other hand, sing ‘Akai kutsu’, an old Japanese nursery rhyme about a girl in red shoes at Yokohama port. This famous event is called ‘Yokohama Marchen’ and takes place around the statue of ‘The Girl in Red Shoes’ in Yamashita Park.
   Please enjoy Japanese seasonal events during the winter break.
•Thursday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 1         Exam break
•Sunday, Dec. 3                          JLPT
•Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 8   Winter Break
Come to school every day despite the cold weather!
 
November, 2017
2017-11-01
  November’s other name is ‘Shimo-tsuki’ or ‘Frost-month’, because of its frostiness. Frost is a form of water in the air crystalized in or on the ground.
   November 7th of this year is Ritto, the first day of winter. ‘Ritsu’, the first Chinese character of ‘Ritto’, means the beginning of the new season. The temperature falls every morning and evening and the sunlight gradually weakens. Soon will we feel the wintery wind and receive the news of the first snowfall.
・Sunday, November 12th       The Examination for Japanese University Admission
・Wednesday, November 29th    Term Exam
・Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st   No School
Asuka Gakuin supports the students who do their bests.
 
October, 2017
2017-10-02
  Sanma, a Pacific saury or a mackerel pike is a flavor of autumn. We write ‘ autumn  sword-shaped fish’ in Chinese characters. Those swimming along Sanriku offshore in North Pacific in mid-September through early October are well fatty and delicious. They contain EPA, Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA, Docosahexaenoic Acid. These acids smooth blood and help brain cells grow and become active. The corner of the lower jaw of a fresh sanma is slightly yellow. It turns brown after three days of the catch. Try sanmas and enjoy the taste of autumn.
 
Friday, September 29th through Tuesday, October 4th      Autumn Break
Wednesday, October 5th        School starts for October students
Monday, October 9th       National Holiday (Sports Day), No School
Friday, October 27th (subject to change)     Field Trip (except new October students)
 
Learn Japan and Japanese at Asuka Gakuin!
 
September, 2017
2017-09-04
    In the lunar calendar, August 15th is called “Chushu”, which means mid-Autumn. Since the moon at this time of the year is very clear and beautiful, the one on August 15th has been called “Chushu no Meigetsu”, the beautiful moon of Chushu or the harvest moon. This year’s Chushu no Meigetsu is on October 4th of Gregorian Calendar. This moon is often mistaken for the full moon. It is usually only close to the full moon, because the Chushu date is fixed on the 15th of August of the lunar calendar. This year’s exact full moon is two days later, October 6th. Chushu moon and the full moon are usually off by one or two days and they match on the same date only in 2021, 2022 and 2023 for the next ten years.
 
September 6th         Term Exam
September 7th & 8th    No School
September 29th through October 4th    Fall Break
 
We have a term exam coming up. We support all the hard working students
 
August, 2017
2017-08-01
      Seventy percent of Japanese land is mountains and hills. Last year a new national holiday called “Mountain Day” was established for the purpose of communing with nature and appreciating its profit.
   Japanese use the word of “one hundred famous mountains”. These are not national certified mountains but were selected by a novelist named Kyuya Fukata. He actually climbed mountains all over Japan and chose one hundred good ones out of them. We also have “one hundred mountains with flowers and blossoms”, “one hundred mountains in Kanto Region”, etc. other than Fukata’s selections. You might find it fun choosing your own one hundred mountains and climb them.
 
Summer holidays      Saturday, July 22nd through Sunday, August 20th
                      (July students’ holidays start on July 29th.)
Mountain Day         August 11th
 
 
Asuka Gakuin is looking forward to seeing all of its sprightly students on August 21st.
 
(July, 2017)
2017-07-03
“Sumida River Fireworks Festival” is one of the big fireworks festivals in Japan. It had been called “River Festival at Ryogoku” until 1978.
    In 1732, many people died of severe famine and cholera. The shogunate government decided to hold a Fire God Festival near Ryogoku Bridge in July 1733 to repose the souls of the dead and to expel the epidemic. The skyrockets they had then are told to be the origin of current Sumida River Fireworks.
   There will be fireworks festivals in various places. Why not visit one?
 
Sunday, July 2nd     Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Monday, July 3rd     School starts for new July-students.
Friday, July 7th      The Star Festival
Saturday, July 22nd through Sunday, August 20th     Summer Holidays
    ※ The July students have classes till Friday, July 28th.
 
   The students’ dreams and wishes will be addressed on the strips decorated for the Star Festival at Asuka Gakuin.
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