May 20, 2019

Mother's Day in Japan

It was Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12. As Mother’s Day is celebrated mostly around the world on that day, here is your chance to learn about how Mother’s Day is celebrated in Japan! 

While Mother’s Day traditions and customs vary, people honor and celebrate moms on the special day across the globe. In Japan, celebrating Mother’s Day is becoming more and more popular as it aligns with the traditional principles of respect for parents and elderly.

Mother’s Day is originated in the United States in the early 20th century. It started as a memorial when a woman named Ann Jarvis held a service to honor her late mother at a Methodist Church in West Virginia.  In 1912, a Mother’s Day International Association was founded to promote the holiday in other countries.

In Japan, Mother’s Day tradition can be dated back to 1931. Mother’s Day has been celebrated widely across Japan on the second Sunday in May, once it was officially declared as a national day.

On that special day, young children are encouraged to treat their mothers like queens and perform the house chores on her behalf. At local shopping malls and supermarkets, drawings of moms submitted by children are shown at the store. You can see many moms and families come to see their children’s drawings displayed on the day.

Mothers living far away are given phone calls, cards, emails, and visits of appreciation. Giving gifts such as chocolates, accessories, clothing, beauty treatment, and sending flowers are also very common in Japan. Similarly to Japan, U.S. department stores become full of people buying gifts and grocery stores expand their floral section significantly leading up to this special day. It may have become more and more commercialized over the years, but the importance of celebrating this day is still felt across the nation.

Whatever you decided to do to celebrate one of the most important people in your life, we wish your Mother’s Day was filled with the happiness, love, and emotions that tied families together.

Mother’s Day craft idea

A carnation made with Washi paper


How to make a carnation with Washi paper 

  1. Take 4 pieces of Washi or tissue paper rectangles (about 5” x 6”)step1
  2. Align the edges of the paper and folding them together back and forth like an accordionstep2
  3. Secure in the middle with wirestep3
  4. Open up each sheet one at a timestep4
  5. Make four of themstep5
  6. Tie the four flower pieces together with wire of each piecestep6
  7. Clip the tips to have a rounded appearancestep7
  8. Take 1 piece of Washi or paper rectangle (about 4” x 12”)step8
  9. Roll it tightly at an anglestep9
  10. Secure the edge with gluestep10
  11. Cut out a leafstep11
  12. Insert the wire of the flower into the stem and attach the leaf with glue and complete!step11



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