Interview #91

Book Corner: “日本生活歲時曆” by 本間美加子

Onki @遊日職人

Written and Images by Onki @遊日職人
Translation by Wendy Yiu

A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture sectors to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.

Why would you recommend this book?

Onki @遊日職人: Everything about spring blooming in Books

The Japanese always expresses gratitude to the blessings of Mother Nature. By understanding the rituals, festivals and solar terms, it is not difficult to see the Japanese efforts that are put in daily lives.

There are 365 days a year, and there are new ideas every day. In the Japanese annual calendar, there are things that are worth-commemorating every day: February 23 is Mount Fuji Day (Japanese 2 reads Fu, 23 reads Jisan), and February 13 is a day celebrating the surname. A story a day, fully demonstrates the national character that like to add fun elements to life.

Today is February 14th, Valentine's Day, but in fact, the Japanese have only started Valentine's Day in 1958. This romantic festival is important in Japan, mainly because dessert shops and department stores promotes Valentine's Day chocolate giveaways that encourages sending chocolate not only to lovers but also to family members and friends. On March 14, which is Japan's unique White Day, boys who have received gifts will need to "gift" back.


Author: 本間美加子

Publisher: Cite & My House Publishing Co., Ltd.

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