The One Week Between Years

As the pastel colors of spring come alive, something special happens in Japan. There is a break from the old year and a pause before the new year starts. This pause is Japan’s spring break — a time unique to Japan when one can truly relax, take a breath, and fill with expectations for a new season. It is typically no longer than a week long and it is the only week in the school year when the kids have absolutely no homework at all.

This year was a perfect time to spend some extended time together with friends and family. We went out to Yamanakako, had a bonfire, cooked out, went to the zoo and did lots of fun games together. There’s only one problem with Spring Break in Japan — it’s too short. Do you have any special memories of spring break? I wonder how they compare to ours!

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