Mother’s Day

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      May 13 was Mother’s day of this year. I visited my mother and gave her a book instead a carnation. She’s learned painting so-called botanical art in Japan for two years. Since the book has many beautiful paintings of flowers, I thought it would be good for her to learn their techniques.

      It’s written in Italian, and neither my mother nor I can read it, though at least we can enjoy seeing its pictures. Fortunately she was delighted at my gift saying “I prefer this book to a bouquet of fresh carnation!”

      That night one of my Nepali friends emailed me and said, “Today is Mother’s Day in Japan, isn’t it? This is for your mother.” He attached a photo of beautiful lotus flower in the email. Then I remembered that he had mentioned about Nepali Mother’s Day last April. It was April 17.

      I had never thought there are many dates of Mother’s Day in the world until I received the email from the Nepali friend. I had thought Mother’s Day was held on the same day all over the world somehow. After studying it, I was very surprised to know the fact that Japan had also its own Mother’s Day in Showa era. After the loss of the World War II, it was abolished and we followed American way. The date of Japanese Mother’s Day was Emperor Hirohito’s mother’s birthday.

     I regret that Japan discarded many of its own cultures without effort to leave good ones, and copied many western concepts and custom after the war, but it’s a nice custom to honor mothers. Japanese Mother’s Day is a bit poisoned by commercialism, though…

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