Mother’s Day in Japan

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– May 1, 2020 –

母の日 (haha no hi), or Mother’s Day in Japanese, is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May. Just like in the U.S., children often rise early to greet their mothers with flowers and breakfast. Mother’s Day in Japan is symbolically associated with the egg, so whipping up an egg-based Japanese dish is a fun way to celebrate! Some egg dishes include Oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl), Chawanmushi (savory steamed egg custard) and Tamagoyaki (Japanese egg omelet).

In Japan, roses are symbolically gifted to show love, devotion and beauty. Carnations are also a popular flower to gift in the red or pink variety as they symbolize purity, sweetness and endurance. The act of giving flowers is a very popular tradition for Mother’s Day! Other gifts include personalized Kanji calligraphy prints, lacquered jewelry boxes, and clothing.

Okaasan, Itsumo Arigatou (Thank you for always, (Happy Mother’s Day,) Mom) from all of us at Shiro’s!