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News from Japan - March 21, 2022

Spring Equinox in Japan

Spring Equinox in Japan, Shunbun no hi

This Sunday, March 20, 2022, we celebrated the spring equinox, also called Shunbun no hi - 春分の日.

This day is marked by the equal duration between day and night, defining the official change of season, as well as the arrival of cherry blossoms (sakura) in the country.

The Japanese tradition is that we respect the ancestors on this day. Thus, the Japanese generally return to their hometowns and spend time with family. Then they will honor their ancestors by covering the graves with offerings and flowers.

This seasonal festival being very linked to nature, farmers take advantage of this day to pray for good harvests each year. Seasonal changes are so ingrained in Japanese society that a proverb says, "Atsusa samusa mo Higan made", meaning "let the heat and cold last until the Higan"!


Pants that don't require underwear

Totonou Pants launches a new style of pants that can be worn without underwear

Totonou Pants launches a new style of pants that can be worn without underwear.

This "revolutionary" design allows men and women to not be bothered by underwear. Thanks to a patented three-dimensional inner lining, there are no annoying seams.

Thus, the pants are comfortable (thanks to the soft fabric that promotes breathing) and functional (with several pockets available).

The Totonou Pants can thus be worn at home, or even outside for shopping or casual walks.

The product is currently on sale at a price of 8,800 yen, or 66 euros.


Official launch of the sakura season in Tokyo

Official launch of the sakura season in Tokyo, at Yasukuni Shrine

This Sunday marked the official start of the sakura season in Tokyo. The capital saw the blossoming of cherry blossoms at Yasukuni Shrine.

Spring event both significant and adored by the Japanese, most take the opportunity to contemplate and photograph these cherry blossoms (hanami).

To declare the start of sakura season, 10 buds on the branches of a Somei-yoshino tree must open into bloom. The tree is then considered to be in bloom and its status is applied to the city of Tokyo as a whole.

This year, the capital's bloom came four days earlier than average, and six days earlier than the late arrival of 2021.

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