Boy's Day! / by Jim Hathaway

We got Golden Week in Japan, a punctuation and a vacation a month after the new school and business years begin. It gives us a chance to reflect, think about the new year, and our new situation.

We brace ourselves for the coming train delays as people decide to hurl themselves onto the tracks. 

Why is train jumping so popular here? I guess because we aren't allowed guns.

Today is Boy's Day, a national holiday that's name was changed to "Children's Day". We put iris leaves in the bath today. I still don't get that. I get the citrus in the bath at the winter solstice and the lavender to promote the baths October tenth, 10-10, Sento Day. But I don't get the boys day leaves.