- June 1st: Koromogae (Seasonal change of clothing)
- June 10th: Time Day
- Nyuubai: Entering the rainy season
- June 16th: Kajo-no-hi
- June 20th: Father’s Day
- June 30th: Nagoshi-no-Harae
June 1st: Koromogae (Seasonal change of clothing)
Schools and companies that use uniforms change them to their summer attire. This custom has existed for over 1000 years and people used to change their furnishings as well. On October 1st people change to their winter attire.
June 10th: Time Day
It was designated in 1920 to spread the importance of time among Japanese people. The day was derived from June 10th, 1400 years ago when the first ‘set’ water clock gonged.
Nyuubai: Entering the rainy season
In Japan, the rainy season is called “Tsuyu”. The date it starts depends on where you live in Japan. In 2018 for Tokyo, it will most probably start on June 8th. It lasts for about a month. The season usually starts at the same time when Ume (Japanese apricot) ripen, hence the name “Nyuubai”(入梅) meaning, the start of ume season. It is also called “Tsuyu-iri”.
June 16th: Kajo-no-hi
It is not very familiar among Japanese people, but it’s basically the day to enjoy Japanese sweets. In 848 there was an epidemic in Japan and the story goes, someone dedicated sweets to a God, thus ending the epidemic. The custom of eating Japanese sweets in hopes to guard against evil was derived from this story.
June 20th: Father’s Day
It’s a day to show appreciation to your father. This custom came from the United States of America. On father’s day, children give his/her dad a card or a present to thank him for his daily hard work. Around father’s day, many kinds of gifts such as ties and wallets are sold at department stores.
June 30th: Nagoshi-no-Harae
It’s a ritual to purify your sins that you committed in the first half of the year, and to hope to live better in the 2nd half of the year. Stepping through a thatched ring is called “Chinowa-kuguri” and can be seen at shinto shrines throughout Japan. The way to step through the ring is different at each shrine.