Hello everyone,

It’s March and I can feel the spring warmth in the air already. It was rainy for the last few days, and that means the seasons are changing. Many people here dislike this time of the year because of hay fever. There is a lot of pollen in the air now, and many of our students are wearing masks to protect themselves. Hay fever is much more common in Japan than Ireland because there are many cedar and cypress trees here, which release large amounts of pollen. These trees are used in construction, so large forests of them were planted in the 1960’s. As the Japanese economy developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s, cheaper imported building materials decreased the demand for cedar. This resulted in even bigger forests and older trees so hay fever has become more common in Japan since then. I don’t feel the effects of hay fever much, but I notice it on pollen heavy days. Now that people have finished wearing masks to protect from influenza in January, they have to wear them again for hay fever!

Last Sunday was the Doll Festival, or “Hina Matsuri”. Every year on March 3rd, families with girls put out ornamental dolls to celebrate. It is sometimes referred to as “girl’s day”, and children’s day on May 5th is when we celebrate “boy’s day”. The dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. Traditionally, the dolls were supposed to be put away by the day after Hina matsuri, the superstition being that leaving the dolls any longer will result in a late marriage for the daughter, but some families may leave them up for the entire month of March. Many families pass the dolls from generation to generation to the girls of the family. My wife still has her set of dolls that we use for my daughter.

Next week we’ll celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! So please wear something green to Hario if you can, and we’ll celebrate Irish culture. See you then.

















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