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Mother's Day - Haha no Hi

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Mother's Day

Next Sunday is Mother's Day (Haha no hi). Although "Happy ~" can be translated as "~ omedetou," there is no Japanese equivalent of "Happy Mother's Day." Sending a Mother's Day card is not too common in Japan, but giving flowers (especially carnations) is a popular thing to do. I am very close with my mom. She is very open-minded and has been very supportive of whatever I have done. Since hugging parents (except by children) is not a common practice in Japan, I sometime wonder if words are enough to show love. Besides, I feel a little embarrassed to express my feelings in front of her, but I always appreciate her open mindedness.

Japanese Translation

母の日

次の日曜日は母の日です。英語の"Happy ~"は、"~おめでとう"と訳されることもありますが、日本語で"Happy Mother's Day"に値する言葉はありません。日本では母の日にカードを贈ることはあまり行われませんが、花(特にカーネーションが母の日の花とされています)を贈ることは一般的です。私は母ととても仲がいいです。母はどんなことにも偏見がなく、私がすることにはいつでも理解を示してくれました。親を抱きしめることは(子供以外)日本にはない習慣なので、言葉だけで十分に愛情は伝わるのかなと思うこともあります。そのうえ私は面と向かって感謝の気持ちを表すことに、少し照れくささも感じるのですが、母の寛大さ、理解力をとてもありがたく思っています。お母さん、いつもありがとう。

Romaji Translation

Tsugi no nichi-youbi wa haha no hi desu. Eigo no "Happy~" wa, "~omedetou" to yakusareru koto mo arimasu ga, nihongo de "Happy Mother's Day" ni ataisuru kotoba wa arimasen. Nihon dewa haha no hi ni kaado o okuru koto wa amari okonawaremasen ga, hana (toku ni kaaneeshon ga haha no hi no hana to sareteimasu) o okuru koto wa ippanteki desu. Watashi wa haha to totemo naka ga ii desu. Haha wa donna koto nimo henken ga naku, watashi ga suru koto niwa itsudemo rikai o shimeshite kuremashita. Oya o dakishimeru koto wa (kodomo igai) nihon niwa nai shuukan nanode, kotoba dake de juubun ni aijou wa tsutawaru no kana to omou koto mo arimasu. Sonoue watashi wa men to mukatte kansha no kimochi o arawasu koto ni, sukoshi terekusasa mo kanjiru no desu ga, haha no kandaisa, rikairyoku o totemo arigataku omotte imasu. Okaasan, itsumo arigatou!

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I am very close with my mom.

  • Watashi wa haha to totemo naka ga ii desu.
  • わたしは ははと とても なかが いい です。
  • 私は母ととても仲がいいです。

Learn More

Click here to learn the kanji character for "haha".

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