Hatsu Sekku: Momo no Sekku and Tango no Sekku

What Is Hatsu Sekku? To start, we need to look at the Japanese language and brush up on some history. Hatsu (初) means first while sekku (節句) are one of five annual ceremonies of the Japanese imperial court. Most of these celebrations have the roots in China and came to Japan during the Nara Period.

Behaving in Japan: A Primer on Japanese Customs and Etiquette

The reason behind this guide is simple: as a content creator, I write travel pieces introducing people to Japan. The very least I can do is make sure that travelers, a record-breaking 27 million foreign visitors in 2017, make the most of their visit while respecting the customs and people of Japan.