Tanabata

Tanabata

Tanabata literally translates (直訳) as “The evening of the seventh”, but is often called the Star Festival (星祭り) in English. It is based on the Chinese Qixi Festival and celebrates the meeting of 2 divine (神聖な) lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi

Abbreviations

In Japanese, English (katakana) words are regularly abbreviated (短縮・省略される), but often in different ways to native English so you need to be careful. One example is “air-con” (エアコン), which in English would be shortened to AC or A/C. We often

Easter

Easter

Wishing you a Happy Easter from Hankins English. Easter (復活祭) is a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus Christ returning from the dead. It is the most important Christian festival and many people who are not Christians also celebrate it as a