Author Archive: Harada Chika

That day, 5 years ago, was also a Friday…

It’s hard to believe that March 11, 2016 was the 5th anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake that hit Japan in 2011. I clearly remember that tragic day. I had to go to the animal hospital that day and had my... Continue reading

Hinamatsuri – the happiness of little girls

あかりをつけましょ ぼんぼりに                                             おはなをあげましょ もものはな 5にんばやしの ふえだいこ きょうは たのしいひなまつり Let’s light the oil lamps Let’s add the flowers, the peach blossoms Five court musicians, with drums and flutes Today is joyful Hinamatsuri! This song is heard everywhere on March 3, the Day of Girls and... Continue reading

Kintetsu reincarnated!

In February 2012 the Kintetsu Department Store, which had stood in front of the railroad station in the city of Hirakata, Osaka prefecture, closed down after 36 years of operation. In the less than ideal economy, department stores offering high... Continue reading

The joys of a bonus

The Japanese business newspaper (Nikkei) recently published the results of a research project on summer bonuses paid to Japanese workers. The bonuses paid this year were generally 5.9 percent higher than those paid for the same time last year. A... Continue reading

The real reasons behind school violence

While recently reading a newspaper, one particular article caught my eye. It was about the steadily rising number of acts of violence against teachers in Hungary’s schools. The article included a table showing the rising number of acts of violence... Continue reading

Tanabata – Festival of the Loom

In Japan, July 7 was originally called the Day of the Loom or the Festival of the Loom. (In Japanese the loom is called 棚織 and pronounced “tanabata.”) In historic Japan a cleansing ritual was enacted in which maidens wove... Continue reading