This is how we learn japanese

What children at WNPS are learning in Japanese lessons

Rainy Season in Japan

teruteru bouzu

In Japan, Rainy Season, known as Tsuyu (梅雨), starts in Late May – Early June and ends in Mid-Late July depending on the region of Japan.

Tsuyu (梅雨) literally means plum rain. It was named this because Japanese plums ripen in this season.

The Rainy Season is known for it’s beautiful Hydrangeas (Ajisai) which come in many colors, the most common being blue, white, pink and purple




Even though it is called the rainy season, it doesn’t actually rain every day.

There is a Japanese tradition to hand-make dolls out of white paper or cloth and hang them outside or by your window to keep the rain away and bring sunny weather.

These dolls are called Teru teru bōzu which literally means “shine shine monk.”


こどものひ Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day

Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) is celebrated every year in Japan on May 5. On this national holiday, children are honoured for their individual strengths, and happiness is wished upon them. It was originally a celebration for boys, but the holiday was officially changed to celebrate the health and growth of both girls and boys in 1948.

Families fly carp fish-shaped windsocks, or koinobori 🎏outside their homes to bring luck and good fortune to the children inside. The carp are believed to be strong, spirited fish and are revered for their resilience as they swim upstream and through powerful waterfalls.  Koinobori 🎏 symbolise the desire for children to become brave and strong individuals.


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