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Ato no Matsuri (後の祭り – Too Late) Part 2

  • Ato no Matsuri Part 2

    後の祭り Part 2

    Yesterday, I introduced the Japanese phrase ato no matsuri (後の祭り), which means a situation where something is too late, and explained a theory about its etymology.

    The other accepted theory about the etymology is related to the deceased.

    In Japan, when a person dies, people will hold some events called sōshiki (葬式 – “funeral”) and hōji (法事 – “Buddhist memorial service”).

    This theory compared these events with matsuri (祭り – “festival”) and says that it is too late to hold such festivals for the deceased.

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