The weather and temperatures have fluctuated crazily over the past few weeks, but that is to be expected in March in Japan. They even have a special name for it here: ‘San-kan-shi-on’. The kanji characters look like this: 三寒四温.It literally means three days of cold followed by four warm days. No wonder so many people ‘catch a cold’ during this time of seasonal change.
However, after three months of winter, it’s those occasional warm sunny days that everyone loves and looks forward to each March. This month is a time for welcoming spring, a time of change, and not just with regard to the weather.
Graduation ceremonies and Sayonara parties are held each year in spring. It is the end of the school year, and elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools and universities all celebrate the graduation of senior year students in March. As wonderful as this is it also involves sitting in freezing gymnasiums, the frigid conditions only slightly altered by various kerosene heaters here and there.