[Top 5] Japanese events in April / What Japanese do in April

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  • Top 5 major events in April
  • Brief guidance about 5 events
  • A piece of advise by webmaster

This page is to help the people :

  • Who want to know Japanese culture
  • Who want to know items Japanese like
  • Who want to enjoy staying in Japan


I heard that April is very special for Japanese.


Yes, that’s true !


Why is it ? I have no idea…


No problem, I would like to introduce what Japanese do in April !

With reading of this page, you will get above listed knowledges as well as Japanese have. I will be very glad if you could read this article to the end.

Thank you !


SHINTA+ / Japanese blog writer, born and raised in Japan, visited more than 20 countries, introducing Japanese culture to the world, with both domestic & international experiences.

Nyugaku Shiki

Japanese school year is starting in April. In beginning of April, there’s an event to enter the educational institutions, schools, universities. It’s called ‘Nyugaku Shiki’ in Japan. There are happy and fresh atmosphere all over Japan in this season.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Nyugaku Shiki’

  • School year starting in April
  • Ceremony to enter school, universities, etc
  • It’s in beginning of April
  • It’s in season of Sakura, as cherry blossom
  • Filled with happy and fresh atmosphere

School life is generally starting in April, in Japan.

Shin Nendo (New fiscal year)

quotation source : https://www.anahd.co.jp/ana_news/2018/04/

April is the month of starting fiscal year for the Japanese government, company, and any other organizations. In Japanese social system, people generally start to work in April, after graduation in March. So April is month of starting, in Japan.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Shin Nendo’

  • Fiscal year is starting in April in Japan
  • Entering to organization in April
  • There are two types of calendar in Japan, starting in April, and January
  • Photo is the ceremony to enter the company, called ‘Nyusha Shiki’

People start to work in April in Japan !

Sakura blossom

April is the best season to see ‘Sakura (cherry blossom)’. Flowers of Sakura is opening in end of March or beginning of April, then approximately one week later, it becomes full blossom. In day and night, people enjoy Sakura in this season.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Sakura blossom’

  • Sakura becomes full blossom generally in April
  • Approx one week from opening to full blossom
  • Only few days from full blossom to falling
  • People love Sakura day and night
  • People walk, talk, drink, eat, around Sakura

Sakura is special flower in Japan !

Showa no Hi

‘Showa no Hi’ is 29th. April, as national holiday in Japan, as Memorial Day for ‘Showa’ era (1926-1989). This day was originally birthday of emperor in Showa era, ‘Hirohito’. This day is in beginning of holiday season, called ‘Golden Week’.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Showa no Hi’

  • National holiday in Japan, 29th. April
  • Birth day of emperor in Showa era
  • Memorial Day for Showa era, 1926-1989
  • Showa was turbulent period, WWII, reconstruction, developing, etc
  • Part of ‘Golden Week Holiday’

I was born in Showa !

April fool

1st of April is the day of ‘April fool’ in Japan, too. This custom is well known in Japan. Some companies, influencers tweet some fake comments with humor in this day.

In small society, People is also allowed to tell a humorous li in this day. However, we need to pay attention. Because needless to say, people don’t like telling a lie, fake comment, generally.


It’s difficult for Japanese to make humorous comment…


In the end, I would like to summarize the points of this article as follows

5 events in April in Japan

  • Nyugaku shiki
  • First month of fiscal year
  • Sakura blossoms
  • Showa day
  • April fool


April is very important month in Japan


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