What are the must-know Japanese spring words?
In this guide, you’ll pick up 24 spring words that are commonly used around spring time. Culturally relevant words.
Words for things that are common during spring in Japan.
So, take a scroll down, start absorbing these words, and start speaking some springtime Japanese.
- Cherry blossoms
The most symbolic flower of Japanese springtime is the sakura or cherry blossoms. They bloom all over Japan with a beautiful light pink color.
If you’re going to learn Japanese spring words, then “sakura” is the most common one to start with.
- Flower viewing
When the cherry blossom season starts, families and friends gather under the trees with a nice picnic. This is a popular spring activity that is not to be missed in Japan.
- Entrance ceremony
The Japanese school year differs from other parts of the world because it starts and ends in the spring. Entrance ceremonies usually happen during April with the blooming cherry blossoms. These ceremonies are an official event where the parents are also invited.
- Night cherry blossom
In order to enjoy the cherry blossoms to the fullest, many parks will light up the trees at night. This can create a special atmosphere where the flowers lit up against the night sky.
- Sakura fubuki
- Cherry blossom blizzard
When the cherry blossom petals start to drop from the trees, it can almost look like pink snow. When the wind blows, Japanese people call this a “cherry blossom blizzard” or sakura fubuki.
You’ll also find “sakura fubuki” on my “beautiful Japanese words“ list.
- Sakura mochi
- Cherry blossom rice cake
This is a special spring dessert made with cherry blossom leaves and mochi rice cakes. The mochi has a pink cherry blossom color and the leaves give an earthy aroma to this dessert
Flowers are important during the spring in Japan. All kinds of beautiful and colorful flowers bloom all over the country from cherry blossoms to tulips. You can also find many flower festivals in the spring that celebrate certain flowers.
- Kafun shou
- Pollen allergies
Pollen allergies can be a problem everywhere in the world. In the spring, many people suffer from pollen allergies in Japan.
- Spring thunder
Japanese people associate spring with thunderstorms. This word also symbolizes the way that bugs come out of hibernation.
- Sotsugyou shiki
- Graduation ceremony
In Japan, graduation ceremonies happen in March. The spring season is associated with a time of farewells and new beginnings.
- First picked tea
Shin” means new in Japanese. And “cha” means tea. So, Shincha is freshly picked Japanese green tea.
Freshly picked tea is an important part of Japanese spring. The first harvest of the tea leaves is associated with a fresh, tasty, and healthy tea.
If you’re going to learn Japanese spring words…
Then you should know how to say spring. Spring in Japanese is haru. You’ll notice that Japanese people have a wide range of traditions and customs related to the seasons. This can include things like flower viewing and special spring foods.
- Haha no hi
- Mother’s day
Japan celebrates Mother’s day on the second Sunday of May. Carnations and cakes are a popular gift during this time.
- Bamboo shoots
Bamboo shoots can only be harvested in the spring. They can be a common ingredient for stews and stir fries. Although they can be preserved and eaten all year, fresh bamboo shoots are perfectly tender and crisp.
- Haru yasumi
- Spring break
Spring break is usually between the end of March and beginning of April. In the school calendar it is between the graduation ceremony and entrance ceremony. Unlike in the west, it isn’t associated with large beach parties and vacations.
- Spring showers
This is a special word that represents the spring rain. Unlike in the summer when Japan has a heavy rainy season, harusame rain is lighter.
- Barn swallow
Barn swallows or tsubame are important birds that symbolize the change of seasons. During the springtime, swallows will nest and raise their young.
- Rice planting
Rice is a staple in the Japanese diet and there are many rice fields all over Japan. The season for planting rice is during the spring and it is harvested during the autumn.
- Koi nobori
- Carp banners
Carp banners are a symbol of Japanese spring because it is a decoration for children’s day in March. These banners are placed outside where there is wind so that the carps fly and flap around.
- Hana matsuri
- Flower festival
During the spring, you’ll see many festivals celebrating different flowers all over Japan. There can be flower festivals for tulips, azaleas, cherry blossoms and more!
- Haru ichiban
- Spring wind
The early spring in Japan is slightly chilly. The cool wind of this season is described by the word, haru ichiban. The kanji literally translates to “first spring”.
- Bota mochi
- Sweet rice balls with azuki bean paste
A dessert during the spring equinox is called botamochi, which features sweet glutinous rice surrounded by red bean paste. They are unique from other Japanese rice desserts because the rice is not pounded. During the autumn equinox the same dessert is called ohagi.
- Gogatsu byou
- May depression
Because the school year starts in April, many students begin to feel tired and lost around May. This is described by the word, gogatsu byou. It is said that around a fourth of new students are affected by this feeling.
During the flower viewing season, picnics are a common way to enjoy and celebrate the flowers. Many people bring bento lunch boxes to enjoy under the trees.
- Field horsetail
Tsukushi is a plant that is associated with the spring landscape. They are little shoots that resemble a tail that pop up with the warmer weather.
Conclusion— Back to You.
Now, you know some common Japanese spring words.
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– The Main Lingua Junkie