23 December, 2018: The Emperor’s Birthday

The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日 Tennō tanjōbi) is a national holiday in the Japanese calendar. It is currently celebrated on 23 December. The date is determined by the present Emperor‘s birth-date.  Emperor Akihito was born on this date in 1933.

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11 November, 2018: Veterans Day (U.S.A.)

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans.  It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

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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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2016 results for the English proficiency test in Tokyo

2015年度 全国の国公立の中学3年生の4技能の調査結果

  ●「英検3級」に届かない   ●「英検3級くらい」

読む  73.9%        23.1%
聞く  79.8%        18.1%
書く     56.7%        43.1%
話す  67  . 4%           32.6%

* 国が卒業時の目標とするのは「英検3級くらい」となっている

2015年度 全国の国公立の高校3年生の4技能の調査結果

●「準英検2級」に届かない  ●「英検準2級くらい」

読む  68.0%         29.9%
聞く  73.5%         24.2%
書く  82.1%      17.2%
話す  89.0%          9.8%

* 国が卒業時の目標とするのは「英検準2級くらい」となっている

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Why Do Japanese Jr. High School and High School Students Need Conversation English? Read to find out!

2016 Target Ad

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March 27, 2016: Easter Sunday

Easter 2014In the United States, Easter Sunday is a flag day but has not been a federal and state holiday due to falling on a Sunday, which is already a non working day for federal and state employees. However, nearly every retail store, shopping malls and some restaurants are closed on Easter Sunday. Few banks that are normally open on regular Sundays are closed on Easter. Two days before Easter Sunday, on Good Friday, is a holiday in 12 states. Most private businesses and sectors, as well as financial and stock market, and public schools are closed on Good Friday. Historically, schools have given extended spring breaks of one to two weeks around the Easter holiday, but this practice has been declining in favor of fixed one-week recesses around Washington’s Birthday and in late April.

Many Americans follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving baskets of candy. The Easter Bunny is a popular legendary anthropomorphic Easter gift-giving character analogous to Santa Claus in American culture. On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. New York City holds an annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday.

In Canada, both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays. In province of Quebec, either Good Friday or Easter Monday (although most companies give both) are statutory holidays. Two days before Easter Sunday, on Good Friday, is a public holiday as well.

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1 January, 2012: New Year’s Day (Jonathan & Joshua Bohannan)

New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used inancient Rome. With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year’s Day is the closest thing to being the world’s only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on theJulian calendar currently corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year


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15 November, 2011: Shichi-Go-San (七五三) “Seven-Five-Three Day” (Jonathan & Joshua Bohannan)

(Jonathan and Joshua Bohannan, 7 and 5 years old)

Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15.   As Shichi-Go-San is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend.

Shichi-Go-San is said to have originated in the Heian Period amongst court nobles who would celebrate the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages three, five and seven are consistent with Japanese numerology, which dictates that odd numbers are lucky. The practice was set to the fifteenth of the month during the Kamakura Period.

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10 October, 2011: Health and Sports Day (Jonathan Bohannan)

(Jonathan Bohannan)

Health and Sports Day (体育の日 Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle.  Many schools and businesses choose this day to hold their annual Field Day (運動会 Undō-kai), or sports day. This typically consists of a range of physical events ranging from more traditional track-and-field events such as the 100 metres or 4 x 100 metres relay to more uncommon events such as the tug of war and the Mock Cavalry Battle (騎馬戦 Kiba-sen).

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Hello world!

Welcome to Target.  This I hope will be the first of many posts to keep you informed on what’s happening in Kiyose and the surrounding communities.

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