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Mother's Day in Japan (MAY SALE)

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Mother's Day in Japan (MAY SALE)

Did you know Mother’s Day is also celebrated in Japan? While the idea is of course the same, the history of how it came to be is a little different. Here’s a quick read on this cultural tidbit, and on how you can mix things up this upcoming May 8th for the most wonderful woman in the world!

Mother’s Day in Japan, known as haha no hi, is a day in which people show extra thanks, love, and appreciation to their mothers, much the same as in the U.S. In fact, it’s even celebrated on the same date - the second Sunday of May.

But how and when did this occur? How is Mother’s Day celebrated in Japan? And what are some great Japan-inspired ideas for making your mother’s day this year? We’ve got you covered.

Haha no Hi

Mother’s Day in Japan, or haha no hi, written with the characters 母の日, is believed to have been celebrated for the first time on March 6th, 1931.

Interestingly, the day of celebration was moved a couple of times throughout the past century or so! The aforementioned initial date was set by Japan’s Women’s Association (dai nihon fujin kai) in accordance with the birthday of Empress Kojun, the mother of former Emperor Akihito and grandmother of current Emperor Naruhito.

Just a few years later in 1937, one of Japan’s largest candy makers, Morinaga, promoted their own more Westernized, commercialized version of the holiday called Morinaga Mother’s Day Meeting, which took place on May 8th, following the Western date. After WW2, American traditions caught on in Japan’s newly revitalized economy, and so celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May stuck for good.

In Japan on haha no hi, it is customary to gift carnations, a red-pink or white flower, to the mother. According to Anna Jarvis, founder of the holiday as we know it, carnations were her mother’s favorite flower, with 500 of them having been presented at her funeral. Carnations came to represent Mother’s Day from that point onward in various cultures, including Japan. Jarvis herself believed that a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” No sentiment could be more true!

 

Red carnations (dianthus caryophyllus). While pink and white varieties exist, the red flowers are seen as the most symbolic of motherhood.

 

Red carnations in Japan have come to symbolize a mother’s purity and endurance, and are thus a popular variety for gifting on haha no hi, and they can thus be commonly seen on storefront displays for the occasion. Naturally prices for this flower go up around this time.

Haha no hi has become one of the busiest days of the year for Japanese businesses, as many sons and daughters take their mothers out to eat, or buy the aforementioned flowers at bustling florist shops. Like in other countries, schoolchildren in Japan are encouraged to be creative in their honoring of their mother - rising early to prepare a home-cooked meal, producing a handmade craft, organizing a fun family activity, or simply taking over the chores for the day are all lovely ideas!

For those opt for the meal option, egg dishes have become quite popular for the occasion, such as tamagoyaki, a delicious rolled omelette! Check out our video on how to make a tamagoyaki sandwich here

 

Fresh tamagoyaki. These bite-sized omelettes are made by rolling together several layers of beaten eggs that have been fried.

 

There is a good chance you grew up with your mother preparing all your meals and making sure you were healthy and well-fed, especially as a small child. Why not return the favor this year with the ultimate gift symbolizing similar painstaking, handcrafted work going back many centuries?

This year at Seisuke Knife, we are offering a Mother’s Day discount on select knives by various makers. 

Give your thanks to the woman who poured love into each and every one of your meals with a Japanese kitchen knife offering superior sharpness and efficiency in each and every stroke! Here is our current sale line-up - be sure to nab them while supplies last!

 

JIKKO R2/SG2 SANTOKU JAPANESE KNIFE 165MM WITH MAGNOLIA HANDLE - $219.00 (REG. $249.00)

 

SEISUKE AOTSUCHI AUS10 HAMMERED KIRITSUKE PETTY-UTILITY JAPANESE KNIFE 140MM BLUE PAKKA WOOD HANDLE - $99.00 (REG. $119.00)

 

SEISUKE R2/SG2 NAKIRI JAPANESE KNIFE 135MM SHITAN HANDLE - $159.00 (REG. $179.00)

 

ISEYA VG10 DAMASCUS PETTY-UTILITY JAPANESE KNIFE 120MM - $89.00 (REG. $99)

 

SAKAI TAKAYUKI VG10 33 LAYER DAMASCUS SANTOKU KNIFE 170MM WITH KEYAKI ELM HANDLE - $169.00 (REG. $189.00)

 

SAKAI TAKAYUKI VG10 33 LAYER DAMASCUS GYUTO KNIFE 210MM WITH KEYAKI ELM HANDLE - $169.00 (REG. $189.00)

 

TAKAMURA KNIVES VG10 MIGAKI FINISHED SANTOKU JAPANESE KNIFE 170MM WITH BLACK PAKKAWOOD HANDLE - $139.00 (REG. $159.00)

 

JIKKO R2/SG2 GYUTO JAPANESE KNIFE 210MM WITH MAGNOLIA HANDLE - $289.00 (REG. $329.00)

 

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