– April 1, 2021 –
Entering school or the business world is a big event in Japan. As the calendar year starts in April, we see many 1st graders and Freshman in school, and Freshers or Rookies in companies all around. Sometimes they are quite noticeable in crowds, probably because of their uniforms or newly prepared, often oversized, suits! But some of them may also be on the way to attend special ceremonies.
Almost all schools in Japan conduct Nyuugaku-shiki or school entrance ceremonies in early April. Also, many corporations, especially large corporations, conduct Nyuusha-shiki on April 1st or in early April.
Contents of these entrance ceremonies are similar to those of graduation ceremonies. Many greetings and speeches take place, but no diplomas are given out, of course.
Following the ceremonies, welcome parties take place all over Japan. Early April is also the time for cherry blossom season in Japan. It is popular to have a picnic-like party under cherry trees with full blossom. This is called Ohanami or cherry-blossom viewing. Many companies conduct Ohanami as a welcome party for Freshers or Rookies.
In Japan, as well as in the U.S., spring is a time for new beginnings. We wholeheartedly welcome spring 2021!