Four Seasons in Japan


  • Four Seasons in Japan

    日本の四季


    Some Japanese people say “Japan has four seasons,” but foreign people who heard that would be confused.
    「日本には四季がある」と言う日本人を見かけますが、これを聞いた外国人は疑問に思うかもしれません。

    Of course, there are four seasons in many countries all over the world.
    もちろん四季は、世界中の多くの国々で存在します。

    Then why some Japanese people believe that the four seasons are unique to Japan?
    それではなぜ、四季は日本独自のものだと信じている日本人がいるのでしょうか。

    I think that this is because Japanese people have divided a year into every three months equally and distinctly, assigned four seasons there, and cherished traditional events of each season.
    これは、日本人が一年を3ヶ月ずつ均等に分けて四季を当てはめ、各季節の伝統行事を大切にしてきたたためであると考えられます。

    In fact, most traditional events in Japan are based on/deeply related to one of four seasons.
    実際、日本で行われている伝統行事の多くは、四季と関連しています。

    Therefore, I think that we should say “Japan cherishes traditional seasonal events,” rather than “Japan has four seasons.”
    このため、「日本には四季がある」ではなく、「日本は四季毎の伝統行事を大切にしている」などと言うのが良いかもしれません。

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