Category Archives: Peter Bohannan, TEC Director

TEC Holiday, 23 November, 2017: Thanksgiving Holiday

Target English Center (TEC) will be closed 23 November, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving.                 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  

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TEC Holiday, 23 November, 2017: Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日 Kinrō kansha no hi)

Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日 Kinrō kansha no hi) is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. Events are held throughout … Continue reading

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TEC Holiday, August 6 – 19, 2017: Summer Vacation

In Japan, the summer vacation generally lasts from late July to early September, and due to the way education in Japan is structured, it takes place within a school year. Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. … Continue reading

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TEC Holiday, July 17, 2017: Marine Memorial Day (Sea Day)

The day was known as Marine Memorial Day (海の記念日 umi no kinen bi) until 1996. Communications Minister Shozo Murata designated the holiday in 1942 to commemorate the Meiji Emperor and his 1876 voyage in the Meiji-Maru, an iron steamship constructed … Continue reading

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July 7, 2017: Tanabata (Star Festival)

Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”) is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival.   It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively).  According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once … Continue reading

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July 4, 2017: Fourth of July

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball … Continue reading

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June 18, 2017: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father’s Day complementsMother’s Day, a … Continue reading

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May 29, 2017: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had … Continue reading

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May 14, 2017: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father’s Day, … Continue reading

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TEC Holiday, 29 April to 5 May, 2017: Golden Week

Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク Gōruden Wīku), often abbreviated to simply GW and also known as Ōgon shūkan (黄金週間, “Golden Week”) or Ōgata renkyū (大型連休, “Large consecutive holiday”).   Golden week is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays: April 29 The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日 Tennō Tanjōbi), until 1988 Greenery … Continue reading

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